by Dovid Schwartz (’13)

On Thursday, the MTA Debate team went to Central to debate about affirmative action. Unlike in most debates, in which only experienced debaters participate, a few select novices were given the opportunity to debate. These novices were facing debaters who were both older and more experienced than they, and consequently had a difficult – and rewarding – experience debating them. One central theme in this debate was the question of to what extent the Americans of today are responsible for the slavery and discrimination committed years ago. Are we completely responsible, or only partially? And if the Americans of today are only partially responsible, to what extent are we obligated to compensate African Americans for what happened long ago? All of the debaters enjoyed the experience and look forward to their upcoming debates against Central (again), Rambam, and Kushner.

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