Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations Announces First Oral Competition

Published: October 1st, 2007

Category: News

Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations LogoThe University of Florida Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (CSRRR) is pleased to announce its first oral competition. The Race, Law and Justice Oral Competition provides law students with an opportunity to research, discuss and debate important issues of race and justice.

The subject for this year’s competition is race-based hate speech. The hypothetical that students will research and debate is based upon an actual incident involving racial conflict between white and black high school students in a South Carolina town. White students wore T-shirts emblazoned with the confederate flag and “100 percent cotton and you picked it.” Black students responded by having T-shirts printed with the confederate flag in red, black, and green—the colors of African liberation.

Participants in the competition are asked to address the local school board and provide guidance as to how it should handle the situation with the students. The scenario raises a range of legal issues. As well, students are encouraged to look to social science research to frame policy responses.

This is a team competition. Teams of two or three students may sign up for the contest. Each team will select one member to give the oral presentation. Students who are enrolled at UF Law during the spring 2008 semester are eligible to compete. Awards will be given to the top three teams. First place, $2,500; Second place, $1,500, and; Third place $1,000. Award monies will be divided equally among team members. A panel of judges, including UF professors and Gainesville community representatives, will hear the teams compete.

The competition will take place in February 2008 and will be open to the public. To encourage participation and assist students in their preparation, CSRRR will hold an orientation and three brown bag sessions.

Competition materials may be picked up from Pat Hancock (340 Holland Hall) or Melissa Bamba, CSRRR assistant director (370A Holland Hall). For additional information, please contact CSRRR at 352-273-0614 or

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