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Thinkblot
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kasmic
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Race is unnecessary in society.

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/17/2014 Category: Society
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Thinkblot

Pro

Welcome to this debate. This is my first debate, so excuse me if I do anything incorrectly.

This debate will discuss whether race is necessary in society or not.

race- each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics.

Please note that race is different from culture, as culture is a social group, and race is purely a physical classification.

The main question here is, "Is race necessary for our society to function? Why or why not?"

ROUND 1- Presentation of Rules and Acceptance of Debate
ROUND 2- First Claims
ROUND 3- Second Claims & Rebuttals
ROUND 4- Final Claims & Conclusion

Please address all previous claims made when typing a response.

If you choose to accept, welcome to the debate. Good luck.
kasmic

Con

I accept, welcome to debate.org and good luck!
Debate Round No. 1
Thinkblot

Pro

Argument #1:
Race is Inherently Flawed

Race is based on physical traits. However, most of these traits are found amongst humanity. Asians have some of the same physical traits as white people, and black people have some of the traits as Hispanic people. For example, there may be an pale-skinned, dark-haired, brown-eyed Asian person residing in your hometown. What makes this person Asian? One cannot judge whether he/she is Asian by his/her hair color, because people of other races can also have black hair. And he/she cannot be judged by his/her skin color or eye color, because the traits of pale skin and brown eyes are shared by some whites. The monolid is a stereotypical "Asian" feature. However, would this make an Asian without a monolid not Asian? Race is a general term that applies to large and varied groups of people. Classifying one by their race is no more useful than classifying one by their income, political views, or area of residence. Due to this, I assert my original claim.
kasmic

Con

Necessary: “unable to be changed or avoided” “of an inevitable nature” “determined or produced by the previous condition of things”

All Definitions from the first link below.(1) As race has been defined by my opponent as “distinct Physical Characteristics” it becomes clear that race is “inevitable nature” and “determined or produced by the previous condition of things." As far as I know, one’s race is “unable to be changed or avoided.” As such, by definition, Race is necessary in society as it meets the definitions given by Merriam-Webster Verbatim. Society is unable to change or avoid race. Race is an inevitable part of the nature of society. The resolution is negated, as race is necessary for society to function.

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http://www.merriam-webster.com...

Debate Round No. 2
Thinkblot

Pro

Thinkblot forfeited this round.
kasmic

Con

Extended.
Debate Round No. 3
Thinkblot

Pro

Thinkblot forfeited this round.
kasmic

Con

Extended.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by mentalist 2 years ago
mentalist
Race does not exist...Racism does...Race was created as a means of keeping people divided while the wealthy appropriate natural resources
Posted by imnotacop 2 years ago
imnotacop
Race isn't really a question of necessity.
It's simply something that exists and a matter of genetics.
This is of course assuming you're not a creationist, which would be an entirely different conversation.
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Vote Placed by Zarroette 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con played a neat semantics game that Pro never responded to. Sources to Con because the definitions were vital for the debate. Conduct to Con for Pro's forfeit.
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Reasons for voting decision: Two forfeitures by Pro, resolution negated by Con.
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Reasons for voting decision: Forfeiture