“The Case for Reparations”
Lea draws on the article, “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates argues that America’s prosperity is tied to its history of slavery and racism. Slaves were the largest property asset in the United States and helped found the American economy. The structure of segregated Northern cities is not accidental, but the result of dedicated planning designed to keep African Americans out. While dominant narratives talk about how African Americans have failed and are therefore responsible for their situation, in fact, America went out of its way to exploit Black families and continues to do so. This talk considers: What Reparations are. What they mean for America. How we heal as Americans. What you can do to make amends.
As an advocate for the misrepresented and misunderstood; Lea Murray seeks to create understanding between groups and individuals who might otherwise be in conflict. Using mindfulness practice and principles of social and restorative justice Lea seeks reconciliation and restitution for those who have been harmed by the toxicity of hatred and division. A life-long learner, Lea earned a MA in African Diaspora Studies from FIU and an MPH in Public Health Nutrition from UC Berkeley. Lea is currently the Executive Director of Collaborising, Inc., a non-profit organization that is dedicated to exploring humanity through social and cultural exchange.