NEW HAVEN — From the reaction of the audience at a packed Shubert Theatre Saturday, the NAACP Great Debate 2012 was, well, great.
For the fourth year in a row, the Connecticut NAACP sponsored a formal parliamentary debate between one of the traditional black colleges or universities and the Ivy League.
This year, it was Morehouse College and Yale University and the first of two debates took on the controversial topic of stand your ground laws that allow someone who feels physically threatened to shoot to protect themselves.
It most recently involved the case of Trayvon Martin, who was killed by George Zimmerman, in a gated community in Florida. Three months after the incident and following national protests, Zimmerman was arrested and charged in the killing.
It was moderated by Marc Lamont Hill, a commentator on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News as a regular guest of The O’Reilly Factor. He said he was impressed that the theater was filled with young people “excited not just about sports, not what someone did on Twitter or Facebook, not just some celebrity gossip, but to see people excited about ideas. … It is something that gives me hope that this nation and this community can move further to a new space in life, that we can grow and mature politically.” (cont…New Haven Register)