The high school and college debate worlds has long been the provenance of, well, nerds. (I can say that because I did debate in high school. And I was a total nerd.) Other critics argue that the extracurricular activity reinforces traditional forms of privilege and power. But in recent years, the debate world has been transformed by “an increasingly diverse group of participants…[who are] mounting challenges to traditional form and content by incorporating personal experience, performance, and radical politics,” as Jessica Carew Kraft writes in the Atlantic. And the Towson University debate team, comprised largely of African-American women, is leading the way.
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