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Resolved, that the US try all terrorists in the federal court system.

In the United States, all prisoners of war have the opportunity to stand trial in a special military
court. However, terrorists are denied access to the American legal system because they are not
considered to be foreign soldiers or POWs but, instead, enemy combatants and thus can be detained
without trial. Many critics of this policy state this policy is unjust and not in keeping with American
principles. Every prisoner in the US has a right to a fair and speedy trial, but terrorists do not.
Others argue that radical extremists should not be given the same rights as others because of
their danger to society, but critics of the policy cite examples of innocent men detained for years,
unable to prove their innocence in a court trial. Some argue that terrorists cannot be allowed in to
stand trial in civilian courts because they will be acquitted based on technicalities, for example, the
arresting soldier not reading the terrorist their Miranda rights. Also, in such a chaotic environment
as a warzone, evidence may be hard to find. Should the US government play by the rules and risk
releasing guilty terrorists?

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Resolved, that affirmative action be based on socioeconomic factors instead of racial factors.

Affirmative action is a college admissions policy that favors minorities. For colleges, it is a method
to keep race portions somewhat balanced and also keeps the college from looking biased, unfair,
or even racist. However, affirmative action was never meant to last forever, only until race-
based economic inequality was no longer a problem. Today, some speculate that many students
are getting rejected from colleges, not because they do not meet the requirements, but because
another applicant is a minority. Some feel that racially-based policies are now obsolete. Instead,
they suggest that students have preference based on their economic status. Proponents say that
some potential students might not even apply for college of financial concerns, but affirmative
action based on socioeconomic factors would allow people to attend any college they wish. Isn’t the
American Dream the concept that through hard work, anyone can reach success?

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Resolved, Barbie dolls are detrimental to young girls.

Barbie dolls have been adored by millions of little girls worldwide. They have become a staple of
every girl’s memories of childhood. Barbie (and its competitors) is a billion dollar industry that
grosses 1.5 billion dollars per year. One of the major controversies surrounding the concept of
Barbie dolls is the idea that it promotes an unrealistic body image for young women. Many believe
that Barbie’s influence can lead to body dysmorphia for young women, a condition in which girls
become extremely insecure about their bodies. Barbie dolls have also been accused of racism by
promoting Anglo-Saxon features. Two studies have shown that African American girls are more
likely to associate white dolls with good traits and black dolls with negative ones. However, some
attribute those perceptions to societal influences. In opposition, many argue that Barbie’s influence
on a child’s personal perceptions is over exaggerated. More important is their enrichment of a
child’s imagination, they contend. Barbies build creativity as the children can mix and match outfits
for the doll. Regardless, our children’s toys have an unquestionable impact on their perceptions.

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Resolved, that racial profiling is an acceptable crime-prevention method.

The Fourth Amendment guarantees the right to be exempt from unreasonable search and seizure
without probable cause. Many believe that racial profiling completely contradicts this fundamental
constitutional right. Approximately 32 million people around the world report that they have been
offended by racial profiling, according to reports by Amnesty International. However, many US
citizens believe that racial profiling is an acceptable crime-prevention method because, based on
statistical evidence, racial profiling can be a legitimate tool for law enforcement officers. Those
against racial profiling argue that using race as a basis to make a judgment is an ineffective way of
finding criminals and leads to discrimination. To their credit, it should be noted that racial profiling
has had devastating effects. In a specific incident, a black man with dread locks was killed because a
police officer assumed he was on drugs. However, many proponents argue that racial profiling can
cut down investigation time and increase law enforcement’s ability to protect. A report by Amnesty
International shows that many of the same races commit the same crimes. The practice has been
shown to be effective, yet also faulty at the same time. Is our community’s safety worth the price?

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Resolved, that affirmative action is racist.

Affirmative action is the policy of giving preference to underrepresented or minority groups in school admissions or job applications. Oftentimes, this is justified by making up for the oppression of such groups in the past, or the lack of opportunities these groups have had to acquire the skills and experience that the majority (usually Caucasian or Asian males) have. Critics argue that giving the underrepresented a leg up makes them lazy and undeserving of the position.
Pro:
• Affirmative action creates reverse discrimination against whites.
• Affirmative action creates further resentment of minorities who gain positions although they were unqualified.
• Affirmative action sustains the mindset that minorities are inferior and thus need a leg up over the superior majority.
Con:
• Affirmative action corrects for past injustices.
• Affirmative action only gives the edge to minority candidates when they are as equally qualified as their majority competition.
• Affirmative action is a key means of creating diversity in a school or workplace, which is essential to success.

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