The arc of racial injustice

The failure of the reformist narrative

William Collins Donahue, Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities and director of the Initiative for Global Europe at the Keough School of Global Affairs explores the history of racial inequality and violence towards black people in the United States in a Commonweal op-ed.

“As I write these words, protests continue, here and around the world. I am hopeful that they will lead to radical political and civic changes, so that my children will not have to witness a replay of this same scene in another fifty years.”

Originally published at on June 17, 2020. 

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