Rakeem robinson Paradigm

Last changed 10/22 4:45P EDT

I love a well-executed impact turn debate . If you can give me this your speaks will show my joy
 Frame the ballot for me in the 2NR/2AR. Don't just extend a bunch of cards and highlight concessions, but be explicit about why a particular argument or collection of arguments wins you the debate. 
 Evidence quality may become important in close debates but is a secondary concern to persuasion within the debate. This is not to say that I won't read your evidence after the debate because i probably will, but I won't evaluate warrants that are in your cards or make judgments about evidence quality unless they were fleshed out adequately in the constructives/rebuttals.

 

- You should assume that I am not up on the literature you have read. You should not expect me to know every acronym or all the latest developments in your DA scenario, nor should you assume that I understand all of the jargon in your K. Err on the side of ,at least, briefly explaining a concept before jumping into the intricacies of your argument.

 

- Defense can win debates and I have no problem pulling the trigger on presumption. I can be compelled that there is 0% risk of solvency to an affirmative case, or that there is no internal link within a DA. "There's a 1% chance that we're good for the world" is not a sufficient justification unless you provide a reason for why the opposing team's defensive argument is false or simply mitigates your claim (rather than taking it out terminally).

 

- I have a tendency to be somewhat expressive. If I find something stupid happening within a debate, I will likely face-palm, and/or shake my head; if I didn't understand you, I will give you a quizzical look. You should look up occasionally and take hints from the visual cues that I am sending. I won't make verbal interjections within a debate unless you're being unclear in which case i will say clear twice

 

- There is a fine line between being assertive and being rude. Don't cross it. If you don't know the difference, just watch for how I react

 

Some specific concerns:

 

Topicality-- I default to competing interpretations . To make these debates even close to enjoyable for me this requires an explicit list of what specific cases your interpretation permits and why this is beneficial for the activity. As for "Kritiks of T": I tend not to view these as RVIs, but instead as counter-standards that privilege an alternate debate curriculum that is more important than traditional conceptions. Negatives that plan on defending T against these criticisms should not only maintain that the 1AC does not meet what they view as fair and educational debate, but also need to go into a more specific discussion that impacts why their vision of a fair and educational debate is good and why the negative's alternate curriculum is worse in comparison.

 

Theory-- pretty similar to T debates but the one difference is that I will default to "reject the argument, not the team" unless given a reason otherwise. I have been known to go for cheapshots, but these require fulfilling a high standard of execution (a fully warranted and impacted explanation of your cheapshot, and closing the doors on any cross-applications the aff can make from other flows). Stylistically speaking, slowing down in these debates will help me put more ink on your side of the flow--otherwise I may miss a part of your argument that you find important. Additionally, a well-thought out interpretation and 3 warranted arguments regarding why a particular practice in debate is bad is significantly stronger than a blippy, generic re-hashing of a 10-point block.

 

Straight-up Strategies-- My favorite strategies often involve more than one or more of the following: an advantage counterplan, topic specific DA(s), and a solid amount of time allocated to case turns/defense. I am obviously open to hear and evaluate more generic arguments like politics, dip cap, delay counterplans, and process counterplans if that is your thing, and you should obviously go for what you are winning.

 

K and Performance Strategies-- I enjoy philosophy and have spent a significant chunk of my free time reading/understanding K and performance arguments. My familiarity with this style of debating makes it a double-edged sword. I will be very impressed if you command significant knowledge about the theory at hand and are able to apply them to the case through examples from popular culture or empirical/historical situations. On the other hand, if you fail to explain basic theoretical ideas within the scope of the K or fail to engage particular points of contention presented by the affirmative, I will be thoroughly unimpressed. Similarly, when opposing a K or performance, I am much more interested in arguments (analytics and cards) that not only substantively engage the K but thoroughly defend why your theorization of politics and interaction with the social should be preferred, rather than a generic 50 point survey of claims that are made by positivist thinkers. This is not to say that generic "greatest hits" style arguments have no value, but they certainly need to be backed up with a defense of the conceptual framing of your 1AC (eg, if the negative wins that the kritik turns the case or a no v2l claim, I'm not sure what "predictions good" or "cede the political" does for the affirmative). In terms of a theory/framework debate, I am much less likely to be persuaded by generic "wrong forum" claims but will be more likely to be compelled by arguments pointing to abusive sections of the specific K that is being run (eg, the nature of the alt).

 

It's also important to defend your impacts thoroughly. My favorite straight up affirmatives to read when I debated had big hegemony advantages. My favorite K authors to read are Wilderson (Afro-Pessimism) and other forms of Black liberation startegies. As a result, I am unlikely be swayed or guilted into voting for you if the only argument you make is a moralizing reference to people suffering/dying. This is NOT to say that I won't vote for you if you choose a strategy that relies on these impacts. However if these impacts are challenged either through impact turns or comparisons, I will not hack for you; I require an adequate refutation of why their impact calculation or understanding of suffering/death is false/incomplete and reasons for why I should prefer your framing. In other words, if the opposing team says "hegemony good and outweighs your K" or alternatively, reads a "suffering/death good" style kritik and your only comeback is "you link to our arguments and people are oppressed" without much other refutation, you will lose. When your moral high ground is challenged, own up to it and refute their assumptions/explanations.

 

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
ADA Nationals at UGA 3/8/2019 Nov R5 Mercer JP Monmouth BC Aff
ADA Nationals at UGA 3/8/2019 Nov R3 Samford BW Monmouth SG Aff
ADA Nationals at UGA 3/8/2019 Nov R2 Mercer DH Monmouth SR Aff
ADA Nationals at UGA 3/8/2019 JV R1 Monmouth MV Mercer RW Neg
JMU College Invitational 1/25/2019 Open R4 Boston College DV George Mason AP Neg
JMU College Invitational 1/25/2019 Open R2 United States Military MC George Mason BB Aff
JMU College Invitational 1/25/2019 Open R1 James Madison BK George Mason BG Aff
Florida Blue Key Round Robin 10/25/2018 LD RR R2 William G. Enloe Tej Gedela West Broward Amanda Ciocca Aff Aff on a 2-0
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament 10/20/2018 Open R2 Puget Sound RF Binghamton YA Neg
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament 10/20/2018 Nov R1 Cal State Fullerton LA CSU - Northridge DI Neg
6th Mukai College Classic 9/28/2018 O Q Rutger AH Louisv BY Neg Neg on a 3-0
6th Mukai College Classic 9/28/2018 O 0F Rutger AH WakeF BM Aff Aff on a 3-0
6th Mukai College Classic 9/28/2018 O R8 Texas HW WakeF BM Neg
6th Mukai College Classic 9/28/2018 J R6 Wyomin HP Louisv RL Neg
6th Mukai College Classic 9/28/2018 O R3 Texas ML WakeF AC Neg
6th Mukai College Classic 9/28/2018 O R2 Oklaho WP Texas CL Aff
6th Mukai College Classic 9/28/2018 O R1 UNLV QS Rutger AH Neg
GSU National Opener 9/15/2018 OPEN R8 Missouri State DE Indiana LL Aff
GSU National Opener 9/15/2018 OPEN R7 Missouri State KR Samford DW Neg
Harvard Public Forum Debate Session 1 7/11/2018 PFD1 2 Putin's Pirates MX UNOPEN KP Aff
Harvard Public Forum Debate Session 1 7/11/2018 PFD1 2 Oceans 23 LS UNOPEN ZH Aff
Middle School TOC hosted by UK 5/13/2018 PF Semis Harker MS Ivy Bridge BM Aff Aff on a 2-1
Middle School TOC hosted by UK 5/13/2018 PF Quarte Ivy Bridge MM Harker MS Neg Neg on a 3-0
Middle School TOC hosted by UK 5/13/2018 PF Octas Ivy Bridge DX Golden State SD Neg Neg on a 3-0
Middle School TOC hosted by UK 5/13/2018 PF R6 Golden State SD Ivy Bridge BM Aff
Middle School TOC hosted by UK 5/13/2018 PF R5 Potomac DM Ivy Bridge DX Neg
Middle School TOC hosted by UK 5/13/2018 PF R4 Potomac PS Harker PN Neg
Middle School TOC hosted by UK 5/13/2018 PF R3 Hua Xia Chinese School - Katy BZ Ivy Bridge FS Neg
Middle School TOC hosted by UK 5/13/2018 PF R2 Harker GS Ivy Bridge MM Neg
Middle School TOC hosted by UK 5/13/2018 PF R1 Harker GL Elite Leadership Institute XM Aff
VHSL Region 5C Debate Tournament 3/17/2018 LD -1 ThoJef PM BroRun JV Aff
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/13/2018 Open R7 James Madison KW Florida SS Aff
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/13/2018 JV R6 James Madison KM Minnesota/Mary Washington SH Aff
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/13/2018 Open R4 James Madison CT United States Military MS Aff
ADA Fall Championship 11/11/2017 JV R10 George Mason AR Florida AS Aff Neg on a 2-1
ADA Fall Championship 11/11/2017 JV R8 George Mason MG Florida AS Neg Neg on a 3-0
ADA Fall Championship 11/11/2017 Nov R4 West Georgia CM George Mason RA Neg
ADA Fall Championship 11/11/2017 JV R3 Florida State HS MoSt/IU AK Aff
ADA Fall Championship 11/11/2017 JV R2 George Mason MG Boston College DW Aff
ADA Fall Championship 11/11/2017 JV R1 George Mason BL Mercer WM Neg
Liberty University 11/3/2017 Novi R5 George Mason BW Florida UD Neg
Liberty University 11/3/2017 Open R4 Missouri State HM George Mason HO Neg
Liberty University 11/3/2017 Novi R2 United States Military JS James Madison DS Neg
West Point Debate Tournament 10/28/2017 Open Octos BosCol BC Florid KG Neg Neg on a 3-0
West Point Debate Tournament 10/28/2017 Novice Quarte BosCol MO GeoMas PR Aff Aff on a 3-0
West Point Debate Tournament 10/28/2017 Open R8 BosCol NV JamMad KT Aff
West Point Debate Tournament 10/28/2017 Novice R7 Monmou DD GeoMas JM Neg
West Point Debate Tournament 10/28/2017 Novice R6 Washto GL NYU NP Neg
West Point Debate Tournament 10/28/2017 Open R5 NYU JL BosCol BC Aff
West Point Debate Tournament 10/28/2017 Open R4 GeoMas HL NYU ZW Aff
West Point Debate Tournament 10/28/2017 Open R3 NYU BS Florid CS Neg
West Point Debate Tournament 10/28/2017 Open R2 Florid KG GeoMas KT Aff
West Point Debate Tournament 10/28/2017 Novice R1 GeoMas AH Monmou BG Aff
UMW Debate Tournament 10/13/2017 JV R6 George Mason KiZh James Madison FM Aff
UMW Debate Tournament 10/13/2017 Open R5 Cornell MV James Madison GS Aff
UMW Debate Tournament 10/13/2017 Open R4 James Madison CT Mary Washington CL Aff
UMW Debate Tournament 10/13/2017 JV R3 Florida SS Mary Washington HW Aff
UMW Debate Tournament 10/13/2017 JV R2 James Madison KM Cornell SS Neg
UMW Debate Tournament 10/13/2017 JV R1 Florida AM George Mason KM Neg
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Open Q Boston College NV Rochester GA Neg Neg on a 2-1
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Open Oct NYU JL Binghamton MD Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Open R6 Binghamton MD Cornell MS Aff
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Open R5 Cornell LX NewSchool/Columbia LG Neg
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Open R4 Binghamton MW NYU BS Neg
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Open R3 NYU HR NewSchool SS Aff
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Open R2 Rochester GA NYU BZ Aff
Cornell Policy Tournament The Tournament of Love 10/7/2017 Open R1 NewSchool BF Cornell CS Aff
Georgia State 9/17/2017 OPEN R6 Wyoming HT Florida CS Neg
Georgia State 9/17/2017 OPEN R5 Emory QT Dartmouth AA Neg
Georgia State 9/17/2017 OPEN R4 Emory DP UC Berkeley NH Neg
Georgia State 9/17/2017 JV R2 Houston NP Vanderbilt JR Neg
JV Novice Nationals at West Virginia University 3/4/2017 Nov Octos George Mason AZ Rochester FL Aff Aff on a 3-0
JV Novice Nationals at West Virginia University 3/4/2017 Nov R7 George Mason BL Cornell MV Aff
JV Novice Nationals at West Virginia University 3/4/2017 Nov R5 George Mason KK New York BZ Neg
JV Novice Nationals at West Virginia University 3/4/2017 Nov R4 United States Military KK George Mason KV Aff
JV Novice Nationals at West Virginia University 3/4/2017 Nov R3 George Mason GR New ST Neg
JV Novice Nationals at West Virginia University 3/4/2017 Nov R2 Florida LS George Mason AZ Neg
JV Novice Nationals at West Virginia University 3/4/2017 Nov R1 George Mason BT New York SS Neg
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic 10/22/2016 CX Semis Broad Run NP Thomas Jefferson HSST ST Aff Aff on a 3-0
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic 10/22/2016 CX Quarte North Star Academy OM Thomas Jefferson HSST ST Neg Neg on a 3-0
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic 10/22/2016 LD R6 Hendrick Hudson MG Success Academy SC Neg
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic 10/22/2016 CX R5 Thomas Jefferson HSST KV North Star Academy DY Neg
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic 10/22/2016 CX R3 First colonial high school BC Georgetown Day BF Neg
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic 10/22/2016 CX R2 First colonial high school MC North Star Academy SB Neg
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic 10/22/2016 CX R1 North Star Academy BF Broad Run NP Aff
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VPF OCTA Capitol Debate PD Poly Prep Country Day EH Aff Aff on a 2-1
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VPF DOUB Bronx Science YF Holton AN Aff Aff on a 3-0
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VPF Round Centennial GM Pinecrest IM Neg
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VPF Round Bronx Science CM Byram Hills RJ Aff
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VPF Round Edgemont GG CD Mid-Atlantic BW Neg
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VPF Round Byram Hills MR Thomas Jefferson HSST KG Neg
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VPF Round Thomas Jefferson HSST KN CandT Youth Technology Ya Aff
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VPF Round Bronx Science KS Poly Prep Country Day AA Aff
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VPF Round Baltimore City College GM Poly Prep Country Day EH Neg
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VPF Round CD Mid-Atlantic BS Baltimore City College MG Aff
Capitol Beltway Fall Classic at Walt Whitman 10/24/2014 VPF Round Awesome SH Capitol Debate RC Neg