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TOPIC: Wealth vs. American Justice System

Wealth vs. American Justice System 10 Apr 2016 11:39 #9474

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On Friday, April 8th, debate student Naomi Yitna volunteered to mentor young students at a local Texas elementary school. Accompanied by other students from her school’s debate program, Yitna and her peers had prepared a “mini debate” for the 10 year olds: “Should the death penalty be banned in the United States?” After initiating the discussion, Yitna and her debate team could not have been more stunned by what occurred.

A 10-year-old student, who’s name has yet to be released to the public, silenced the room as he confidently and intelligently challenged the overwhelming, and practically unanimous, support of the death penalty by his peers. To further support his argument, in which he speaks on America’s wealth inequality and the complications faced by those involved in the criminal justice system when financial status is taken into account, the young student referenced his favorite show, The People vs. O.J. Simpson. Referencing Simpson’s “best-money-can-buy” team of attorneys, the elementary school student shows his own frustration with the system by explaining “He literally paid his way out of jail. It wasn’t from his lawyer, it wasn’t from the jury … it was the way he paid people to let him free”.

This elementary school debate is a current trending topic, and since Yitna’s original sharing of the discussion on Twitter, the video has migrated to Facebook newsfeeds and taken headlines on several national news websites. Inspired viewers have been quick to hit “share” on the video, and many are eagerly tagging celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, who has been known to bring viral video stars into the spotlight, in attempts to bring national attention to this unnamed boy who has exemplified maturity and intellect beyond his years.


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