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>On the 31st of December, the Adjudication Core was first made aware of a screenshot from a group-chat that was being circulated online. The Adjudication Core was also informed that there were ongoing conversations amongst participants regarding the screenshot and that the equity team was working to resolve the issue.>>On the 1st of January, members of the Adjudication Core were notified that the tab team member whose words were circulated online had been confronted and physically threatened on the evening of the 31st of December before two other tournament members intervened and that a tournament participant had attempted to physically enter the tab team member’s room without their consent. We were informed that this matter had been referred to equity, and the equity team was dealing with it.Between this time and the protest, there was an alleged break-in to the TabTeam member’s room. The Equity Team released information about the situation, acknowledging that the initial contact made (prior to the harassment) was “plausibly initially well intentioned”, but that their subsequent actions were deemed harassment.
>This was for two reasons: first, we felt that we had to respect the fact that we still had professional obligations to the completion of the tournament, and second, that it was unfair to the teams to make them stop their preparation indefinitely and essentially re-do a final after they had already begun. Making this decision required that we balance our professional obligations to ensure the Open Finals occured (which, as far as we are aware, have never not occured at a WUDC) with the protestors right to peacefully protest. Given the uncertainty about how the situation would eventually resolve itself and how long reaching a new compromise would take, especially in light of our deep disagreements about who would or would not be expected or permitted to deliver the apology, we elected to begin the final in a dressing room backstage.>>There is reasonable disagreement to be had about the merits of the decision. Given the information, we had at the time and the significant change in the manner in which the conversations about the apology were conducted, at the time that we made the decision we believed it the best way to balance our responsibilities to the tournament and respect the rights of the protestors to protest peacefully. Our intention was to be as fair as possible to teams while also trying to reach a new agreement with all members of the Adjudication Core present and enabling the grievances of participants to be fairly heard.The AdjCore then reconvened to discuss the proposed contents of the apology. This took more than an hour. There was disagreement about 2 main things:
>Firstly, when you are in a different part of the World you must concientize yourselves about the racial dynamics of that place. There is a long history where white people in South Africa used demeaning language to undermine the intellectual capacity of black people. That language obviously exists on a spectrum, but it always returns to the same premise; dehumanization. To use the word "useless" implied that [judge] had no value to the tournament and that cutting him from the tab would have no harmful impact. Many attempts at restorative justice in Southern Africa and around the world aimed to correct the idea that marginalized groups were disposable and using words like "useless" directly undermines those attempts.Secondly, Many peole have noted that [TabTeam Members] conduct is simply part of "tab culture" or the way she treats "everyone". Firstly, the mere existence of a tab culture does not make it any less toxic. In fact, that same culture often sends many a volunteer into tears or makes a Chair feel (for lack of a better word) "useless". Moreover, The zero-sum attitude of having tournaments run precisely on schedule comes at the cost of something the debate community cares about more, treating people in a dignified manner. It is precisely because of this principled treatment that we have equity teams. We have heard countless stories from PoC volunteers who noted [Tabteam Members] harsh language directed at them or in their immediate vicinity. This included language like "I will fuck you up". If that cut-throat culture lends it self to volunteers and particpants feeling intimdated, then we are happy to see relegated to irrelevance.Thirdly, she treated [judge] differently to the way she treated everyone else, especially other white judges. To white judges, attempts to fix ballots had been displayed on the announcement screens inbetween rounds. To [judge], he inexplicably had to endure a berating in front of 8 speakers, where a simple and respectful request would have achieved exactly the same outcomes. We should not just reserve dignified treatment for those who look like us or who have long lists of achievements.If there is the assumption of no ill-intent, as there is a difference in understanding of the language used, I think we need to ask: Given that there's a difference in norms in different countries, should your words be taken into the context of the country you're in? Are you responsible for hurting those in that country if you act in a manner that is normal for you, but unacceptable to them?
>What bothers me about this statement is the imbalance in sympathies.You express sympathy for [Tabteam member], (justifiably because her safety was jeopardized), and you say that she didn't need to be included in apologies because she voluntarily removed herself from the tournament.You express sympathy for the adj core, who felt like there were unreasonable demands on them to apologize for things they didn't want to, and that they were too pressured. (and people harrassing the adj core is no good)You sympathize with the finalists, because it would be unfair to them to make the re-prep for a final. (and yeah I get that this was mega stressful and unfun for everyone)But where is the sympathy for the black debaters who have expressed all over Facebook that they felt marginalized and mistreated and excluded at the tournament? For the people who felt it was important to get a public apology from [Tabteam member]? As I can tell from their posts they don't have at all the same perspective on the back-and-forth leading to a final. This statement just seems very critical of them, that their demands were unreasonable, that they negotiated and then didn't follow through on the negotiation, that they timed the protest in a problematic way, that their protest was inconvenient. Where is the compassion and respect for their perspective?Specifically, it's important to address the AdjCore's note of intimidation that occurred. This is a quote from a statement written by Decolonize WUDC:
>The Adj Core accused us of intimidation and "heckling". We did shame some of the members by name. But literally, all these callouts had only been about the delay. We had asked them aloud why they were taking so long. Ironically so for them, as they were an aggregation of some of the world's best debaters, who can construct complex arguments in fifteen minutes, but take indefinite periods of time to brief themselves on issues which really were not that extremely difficult to understand. Take this in context, we had asked very simply for an apology which did not even have to come from them, yet now the entire tournament was at the mercy of a few individuals who had not given us a reason for the delay and Secret Final. Considering all of this, I think it is fair to conclude that our frustration with the Adj Core was justified. The small measure to call them out publicly is not out of proportion with the massive delay they had caused. A delay, they wrongly tried to pin on the protest.>>Most elements of the Adj Core report is aimed at vilifying us, without an acknowledgment of our grievances, while it sympathizes with perpetrators. After almost every Preliminary round, Equity addressed a complaint about the mistreatment of People of Colour and threatened to delay the tournament. Yet, when our protest eventually shut the tournament down, it was as if we had imagined racism.Another response:
>"Felt unsafe" is the most tired white/privileged fragility response to protests. At least be creative guys😂😷Response to Secret Final
>The important thing to note is that no Secret Final would have been necessary had the tournament responded to our concerns timeously. We did not just decide at an instant to occupy the stage and block the finals. The eventual protest was a build-up of days’ worth of neglect to our concerns. The Equity Team had been deadlocked in an endless labyrinth of investigation, when the documentary evidence clearly pointed fault to [Tabteam Member]. In fact, they will probably accuse us of not lodging it "formally" as they have done before. This is false, as one of our members pointed out the message to Limpho Moeti, immediately after we had been made aware of the incident. [judge] had also raised his own concerns to the Equity Team. We are unsure then of what exactly would constitute a "formal" complaint after many stakeholders raised concerns.Above all of this, the Secret Final was insulting to our efforts. We wanted the tournament to listen to us, but yet again the "running" of a round was more important than the legitimate concerns of protestors. The Adj Core claimed that they all had "professional commitments" after the tournament, hence why the final had to continue behind closed doors. We find it absurd that every single person on a seven-person Adj Core would have been unavailable the exact moment the clock struck Midnight on the 4th of January. In fact, the massive delay of about two-and-a-half hours caused by them was even more threatening to their own commitments. We could have easily had a short delay, apology, the Open Final and then everyone could thereafter attend to their professional commitments.Adj Cores for WUDC and other tournaments should usually have contingency plans in place for emergencies, not to mention backup motions. Nothing prevented the AdjCore from stopping prep, working with our caucus, and releasing a new motion after one hour. The debate had not yet started, nor was the progress of prep to such an incontrovertible extent that the debate could not have been delayed. Even if that meant shifting the Open Final from the concert hall to the Prize Giving Banquet, where facilities were approximately the same, the debate could still have continued. New motions have been released before at WUDC. For example, when there might be a medical emergency or a strong objection by one team to a motion. We are simply unsure why a new motion would have been such great prejudice to perhaps the four best teams in the world, in comparison to the prejudice and undermining caused by hosting the final behind closed doors whilst we were fighting for justice. They would not have had to “re-do an entire final” as they state. They would only have to re-do prep.Callouts?
>Firstly, [judge] was embarrased on a public platform, twice. The first on the Whatsapp group and the second in front of a room of debaters where he was the Chair, making him seem incompetent. It must be noted that [judge] was perfectly happy to fix his mistakes on a new ballot and/or to comply with requests [tabteam member] had made. But the fact that she kept on badgering and pressuring him despite his attempts to comply obviously led to more mistakes. It only follows logically that because of that public humiliation that a public apology was needed.>>Secondly, private apologies do not tell the debate community of the vile conduct of one of their senior tournament members. A private apology would still see people around the Globe putting her on Tab Teams and admiring her, despite such conduct being deserving of punishment. We want to minimize the likelihood of this happening again, and it is only through public scrutiny that such conduct can be avoided again.Balkan Dangerous Spaces Debating Shitposting
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