Racial Disparity Argument

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The central arguments over the topic, “Justice can be accomplished by the State executing criminals” were the application of justice, equality, and racial disparity in the context of State execution of criminals. The idea of justice was defined in the very first proposition speech and then they applied it to the idea of justice for crime not victim. The opposition agreed with the proposition’s definition from the Oxford dictionary, but added the words fair and equality. This was very pivotal in the opposition’s argument because they continued this argument of equality and its relation to justice throughout the entire debate. They related it to disparity of punishments throughout the different states and the racial disparities. The proposition tried to combat the racial disparity argument by stating along the lines that the legal system may be racist, but capitol punishment isn’t. But in the end, the argument of stating inequalities within the system itself really was to the opposition’s advantage, they were able to connect to this overarching ideology that capital punishment is not fair or equal so therefore it is not justice. The proposition’s argument focused on that capital punishment deters crime. This was a point that the
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The proposition argued that justice for the crime not the victim and that equality in justice cannot be reciprocated. While the opposition pushed back that the system that capitol punishment is delivered in is inherently racist so why wouldn’t this punishment be. One of the arguments that I was surprised that wasn’t a main point was the “can be” in the topic. I feel as if the proposition only had to prove one example where capitol punishment was justice. I think the this could’ve ended up being a main persuasive factor in their argument, but overall I thought that both sides where able to hold up their arguments and deliver them