This is the tenth “Great Debate” for both universities.
WASHINGTON – On October 28, 2019, the Howard University Speech and Debate Team, participated in the Connecticut NAACP tenth annual “Great Debate” along with Harvard University during the Connecticut NAACP 54th Annual State Convention at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Nearly 10,000 people were in attendance at this public exhibition, including seventh through 12th-grade students.
The performance team consisted of four students, senior Virgil Parker, juniors Michael Franklin and David Edgerton, III, and freshman Nadrat Amos.
HERE IS MY QUESTION:
According to HU News Service, the following resolutions were delivered at this year’s debate:
Resolved: This house believes that the House of Representatives should pursue the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump
Resolved: This house believes Roc Nation, the business affiliated with Jay-Z should not have entered into a contract with the NFL.
I am of the following belief; the mainstream media (MSM) has hijacked the culture and education. I think without favor or question the answer is YES. I love my school, I love history, culture, and heritage. However, this “great debate” in many ways, appears to have been under “great deception” dancing to the tune and under the spell of mainstream media mob—telling us what to think, say and now as it appears to debate.
Here are the questions we must ask and answer amid this debate (not the win for such is historic and beyond congratulatory and great). Where has debate gone? What is the future of debate and its relevance to black culture? Has it been hijacked by the topics of mainstream media?
It is in answering these questions thoughtfully and without bias that we’ll see the potency of the Unfreedom of the Press. In this era, it seems that much of the media has lost in ever-increasing amounts of its credibility. As mentioned in Mark Levin’s book, Unfreedom of the Press, “Unlike the early patriot press, today’s newsrooms and journalists are mostly hostile to America’s founding principles, traditions, and institutions. They do not promote free speech and press freedom, despite their self-serving and self-righteous claims” (Levin 2).
The media has functioned as a propaganda tool for a single political party ideology, not only destroying their own purpose but as well as threatening the existence of a free republic—not only physically, civically but mentally.
This debate win is great, but also deceptive showing how mainstream liberal thought has pushed its way into the heart of our discourse—consuming it. The debate pushed an agenda instead of propelling those present and in participation into deeper extracurricular academia.
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