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    Jose Sanchez
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    Athens High School
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    Wallowing in blackness.
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    Thrashing white boy goo

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  1. No problem! And yes, fugitivity is an ontological state. Think of it as a transcendence into blackness.
  2. The main idea of fugitivity is how it deals with problems. As you've started to read more about anti-blackness and the Ks, you've most likely seen alternatives that "call for the end of the world" or do something to counteract whiteness. However, the fugitive approach to anti-blackness is running way, evading all forms of oppression. This is why it only works well with certain strats as blackness teams typically use very distinct forms of anti-black criticisms. Fugitivity, however, revolves around fugitive life or basically what characterizes a fugitive. So, the fugitive is then tied to history regarding fugitive slave laws and escaping methods from the plantation. However, fugitivity is not an "act" insofar as it is a state of being. Which means one does not choose to be fugitive; obviously its only possible under specific instances, but then it comes down to a decision of "Yes, I will survive" or "No, I am already dead." Hope that helped. If you're wanting to read more into the literature, I would recommend Moten, Trembly-McGraw, and Culp's "Putting the Pessimism in Afro-Pessimism."
  3. Not sure if this is in your realm, but last year on the surveillance topic, a CODIS aff that was basically about DNA gathering and such existed. But, I remember there was PIC as well as independent aff that only decreased the gathering of surveillance on black individuals - that created a "counter-gaze" which flipped the tide of anti-blackness. Depending on the specifics of the aff, I think it could be utilized well on this topic again - in regard to your answer for disease affs. Then again, I'm not sure if you're interested in that type of argument. As for white boy goo, I think a mixture between psycho and plague reps would be a good approach. So, the aff misunderstand anxieties surrounding disease and only reaffirms them. Then, add death drive alternative that embracing these sorts is key to solve the aff. I'm sure that would be simple to construct, but just a thought I would throw out.
  4. Of course, capitalism is the epitome of basic. Literally anything can be a capitalism link i.e. language, the federal government, extinction. Though, because there's a plethora of links and other strategies much better than going for multiple links, it's much more preferable to only utilize one. Since, the only purpose of a link is to draw a comparison between the K and the Aff, it's only useless to go for more once you've already achieved the purpose of a link. Then, it could be highly more beneficial to extend other arguments like the impact work and utilize time answering the perm(s). Time allocation, then, should be used for arguments that will win you the round, not ones that will only drag the last opportunity that the negative has to win (2NR).
  5. As an anti-black debater, I have learned that there are three major arguments that judges vote over anti-black criticisms (and which I still don't understand): capitalism, framework, and policy impacts. Capitalism - The main argument that i've seen people lose on is the root cause claim. So, saying capitalism is the root cause of anti-blackness appeals to judges very much, although doesn't make any sense as it is a question of anti-blackness, not racism or other vectors. Framework - The more better known and easy argument to make against any K aff for that matter is framework. The key argument here when winning on framework against blackness is probably unpredictability or SSD/TVA. Any team that understands anti-blackness will easily answer these arguments, then again, all it takes is a judge to not believe the ontological scheme of anti-blackness for you to garner all of the offense against blackness affs (i.e. TVA and root cause). Policy Impacts - Not much explaining here other than winning util and it's better to prioritize the most lives. At that point, all you have to worry about is being called out on racism because, obviously, when was the last time black life (or any colored folk) was prioritized. Personally, however, I prefer to either PIP/PIM out of some aspect of the aff or just run another form of anti-blackness k against it. Since, different from what your white peers have told you, anti-blackness is a wide study not composed of a monolithic "blackness ontological, burn it all down!!" For example, bell hooks is a wonderful black optimism writer than opens a wide possibility to PIP/PIM out of the aff's use of pessimism.
  6. A good link usually has different branches to stem from, so let's just use capitalism for example as it is basic white boy goo: 1NC: The aff's use of neoliberal institutions is only a capitalist tool for exploitation Of course the 2AC is gonna say something like "no link - the aff isn't about green tech" or "perm - do all the non mutually exclusive parts of the k" So the 2NC framing for the link should look something along the lines of: "They have 3 advantages revolving around the idea of saving humanity in the name of development, here's 3 independent reasons why each of their advantages are still embracing capitalism through neoliberal institutions," then funnel that work into the line by line i.e. their no links and perms. And, of course tie to the rest of the K like "that's a voting issue - capitalism is bad for x reasons." Then if the 1AR is good, they should do lots of work as to why their affirmative isnt another stepping stone in capitalism But, as the 2NR, you should utilize one link from the 2NC, preferably the one that will win you the round, and stress that they are capitalist, which is the point of a link. So, maybe they have answered that neoliberal institutions can still combat capitalism or something like that, but of course you've garnered the offense in the 2NC to answer that by saying several things like neoliberal institutions perpetuate capitalism more than solve for it, their idea of solving capital through capital is bad, or maybe a specific reason why neoliberal institutions are capital (i.e. green tech=green capital) Then, of course, framing should be adapted amongst different rounds. For example, link framing should be altered when debating a Taiwan aff vs. a climate cooperation aff. And, on the other hand, link framing has the same concept but obviously different measures if you're hitting a kritikal aff or some sort of not-policy aff.
  7. Dithyrambist

    K authors

    To add onto Wilderson and black studies: Wilderson - Doesn't give an alternative to anti-blackness, rather agrees with other authors, (And definitely doesn't advocate for a "take down of the state" or "burning it all down") Sexton - Writing centers around approaching anti-blackness (afro-pessimism and optimism). Says they're co-constitutive, i.e. although blackness is always objectified to ontological damning or death, life may still be created within death. Hartman - Writes a lot about narratives, specifically past laws or events regarding black people. hooks - Heavy on optimism, says that searching for solidarities within black communities is the only way to combat black suffering, i.e. resistances or the idea of a "better future." Farley - Looks at alternatives for burning everything down. "We are what we make" ideology, so burning everything down (i.e. the plantation) is the only way to combat anti-blackness through ultimate blackening by burning Fanon - literature is mainly about psychological traumas between black life and whiteness, but what comes to mind for me is their writing on performance and anti-black solutions like dancing Copeland - Analyses anti-blackness and how it's graphted onto flesh Moten - My favorite of his work is the fugitivity lit. This focuses on "escape" tactics and ontological evasion of anti-blackness, which is my favorite. (There's also a really good card by Trembly-McGraw if it's something you're interested in) Gumbs - What mainly comes to mind is her work on black feminism and tactics of survival for black life (and females) within structures of anti-blackness Spillers - Focuses on distinctions between black flesh and the body, and how those are affected
  8. What about black authors? Sexton's and Hartman's lit is amongst my favorite as not only is Sexton's idea of black optimism purely agreeable, but Hartman's telling of narratives is also very interesting. Especially as she focuses attention on fugitive life while providing her own insight into it.
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