This webinar is apart of our summer series "Fighting White Supremacy."
In his talk “On the Strategic Value of U.S. Reparations,” Antar Keith will provide a brief overview of the history of reparations, including an outline of other forms of reparations and redress extended to minority groups during the 20th century. Antar will debunk common myths and stereotypes surrounding U.S. reparations for African Americans and demonstrate how reparations would directly target the triple evils of police brutality, mass incarceration, and voter suppression. After illustrating the necessity of reparations, Antar will focus on the next steps in developing such a policy. Ultimately, Antar argues that extending reparations to African Americans is not only a moral imperative; doing so would also be of strategic value for the U.S. Democratic Party, whose voting bloc is considerably reduced by structural inequities which suppress and disenfranchise Black voters. In order to win elections, the Democratic Party must transform itself to meet the rising challenges of a 21st-century Republican Party under Trump and a growing cadre of sympathetic followers at all levels of government and society. Providing reparations to African Americans is a crucial means of ensuring long-term Democratic electoral success.
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Born to a working-class family in the Bronx, New York, Antar Rashiq Keith has firsthand knowledge of structural discrimination in the United States. Antar pursued his B.A. in Adolescent Education in English Literature and M.A. in National and Transnational Studies before settling in his current residence of Leipzig, Germany. With over ten years’ experience as an educator in inner-city regions of the United States and Germany, Antar enjoys fostering stronger transnational ties between U.S. and German youth, working professionals, and active NATO military within the German Department of Defense. His job is to facilitate bridges between cultures, and this is exactly what he hopes to accomplish for African Americans and working-class voters in Democrats Abroad.
Antar’s political consciousness was molded from an early age by a family with ties to activism in the face of stark structural inequity. His father, William “Bill” Keith, a poet, teacher, Civil Rights activist, and Black Arts Movement avant-garde artist, was also a two-time victim of predatory policing, the broken justice system, and mass incarceration. Antar’s mother, Iseult Keith, PhD, worked as a social worker in New York State’s Sing Sing prison, providing guidance and counseling to the incarcerated. Bill and Iseult’s son, Antar, aims to build on their legacy through progressive action on the policy level. His previous and current activities include participating in efforts to expand voter participation; leading discussions on racism, sexism, and homophobia for the German military; and lobbying for anti-racist policies within German institutions of higher education. He is now dedicated to taking this fight to the triple evils of U.S. police brutality, mass incarceration, and voter suppression.
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|Location||Local Start Time|
|Vancouver, Canada||06:00 PDT|
|Washington DC, USA||09:00 EDT|
|London, United Kingdom||14:00 BST|
|Paris, France||15:00 CEST|
|Athens, Greece||16:00 EEST|
|Dubai, United Arab Emirates||17:00 GST|
|New Delhi, India||18:30 IST|
|Bangkok, Thailand||20:00 ICT|
|Beijing, China||21:00 CST|
|Tokyo, Japan||22:00 JST|