Released: Filed Under: Stoa Lincoln-Douglas
About "Quality of Life (NEG)"
Multiculturalism is a way for us to respect others. This case focuses on the belief that people who live in supportive communities will have a better life. We live in a world where cultures are constantly clashing. We can either work to diminish other cultures for fear of collision, or we can learn to value other cultures as unique pictures of what it means to be human.
The framework for this case is set up for contingencies. Debaters will probably not need every resolutional analysis or definition in every round, but the ones included here are likely to come up often. The negative has the advantage of seeing the affirmative case before they have to make their own. Use that to your advantage.
The negative value is quality of life. However, this is purposefully described in broad terms. It is likely that negative debaters will be able to accept affirmative values. If debaters can do so, accepting values is a smart course of action, because there are far more interesting and impactful arguments that can be made for negative if debaters avoid the value-clash black hole.
The most emotionally impactful argument in this case is first application, which involves American Indian boarding schools. Debaters should be careful with this application, as with any application that involves minority groups that have faced discrimination. That being said, this application carries a lot of weight, since it is a close-to-home example of the more drastic forms of assimilation.
Multiculturalism can seem like a nebulous topic when first explored, but there are some strong arguments for why it should be valued. Multiculturalism acknowledges the complexity of the world, and works to build from diversity, rather than hindering it. Our culture is one of many, and we can learn from one another, if we are willing to recognize the value of other cultures.
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Dominique Alisa Stringer competed in speech and debate for six years. She now studies Anthropology and Museum Studies at Luther College, where she has put her forensic skills to use in presentations, class discussions, and entrepreneurial pitch competitions. During her time as a competitor, Alisa’s favorite events were Mars Hill, Parliamentary, and Lincoln-Douglas Debate.