When I came to college earlier this year, I joined the university debate team. I was put into the novice division of a national ranked team, so needless to say, it's been just a bit dramatic. I was partnered with another novice for parlimentary debate, and we've butted heads occasionally, as partners are prone to do.
As of recently, as the season has heated up, I've recieved a string of mass e-mails from the coaches rebuking the team for the drama and gossip that's been occuring within the team. I usually just brushed it off because I'm the sort of person that stays outside of "the ring," and I'm never in on the latest rumor that circulates.
The coach recently dropped a bombshell though.
He sent out a message saying that in spring everyone will be required to attend a "gender and race sensitivity" training session (whatever that is) because there have been reports and rumors circulating within the team that some members are racist or have been subjected to bigoted behavior. :eek:
I'm in shock quite honestly. I enjoy being on the team a lot but this is just a bit much. I immediately e-mailed my debate partner, who I believe is of Indian American ethnicity, and assured him that I never had any thoughts of that sort toward him whatsoever.
I don't really know if I want to be on the team anymore though.
The drama that was going on before was annoying, but it was easy enough to displace myself from it. But this... I don't know if I can deal with this. I don't know if I want to be involved in something where such behavior is taking place.
What do you guys think?