The ARC of Justice

The ARC of Justice

Sun, 06/12/2022 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Photo: William Darity Jr and A. Kirsten Mullen


This special focuses on the roots of the racial wealth gap in U.S. policy. 

For every dollar of wealth owned by the average US white household, the average Black household has ten cents. The ARC of Justice, grounded in the scholarship of prominent African American economist William Darity Jr., explores how that racial wealth gap came to be. The series is unique in that it focuses on the roots of the racial wealth gap in U.S. policy. It combines scholarly expertise with historical and contemporary real-world stories and voices of ordinary citizens like Hortense McClinton, a 102-year-old woman whose father was born into slavery. The tone is thoughtful, conversational and sound-rich. The ARC of Justice  Episode 1: Not So Long Ago airs Sunday, June 12 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Notable guests include Duke University professor William A. Darity Jr. and folklorist A. Kirsten Mullen, authors of From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century

Episode 1: Not So Long Ago Slavery wasn’t so very long ago. Yet often, accurate accounts of that time have been papered over by history that diminishes or misrepresents that time. Also: a tale of two promises made by the government – one kept, one broken -- and how this history relates to today’s wealth gap between Black and white Americans.

Episode 2: A Tale of Two Cities (airs Sunday, June 19) An exploration of policies that hindered African American progress, including home ownership (stories from Detroit and Memphis) and the GI Bill

Episode 3: White Brutality(airs Sunday, June 26) Throughout the nation’s history, time and again, promising signs of African American progress have been shattered by acts of violence serving the interests of white supremacy.