Truth-filled, passionate anti-oppression keynotes matter even if they don't really change people who inadvertently perpetuate racism, sexism, classism, hetero-sexism, ableism, cis-sexism, etc. Powerful, controversial, and engaging keynotes matter because they show people who are marginalized that they are seen, heard, cared for, and that there are those who will use their privilege and platforms to fight for justice. Strong equity keynotes strengthen allies in the room and encourage those who are new to the anti-oppression journey to keep going. The right keynote promotes justice by unifying those who already believe the
words and it shouts to a crowd, "You are not alone!" Also, you can never underestimate the power of planting a seed!