Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy 4th of July

Emma Amos. "Equal." A painting by an African-American Woman artist whose work is a complex commentary on her status as an America, a woman and a descendant of slaves. This is even more appropriate now as the Supreme Court has gutted the Civil Rights Voting Act and seven states, to date, have rushed to pass Jim Crow laws. 

In this video essay, Bill Moyers reflects on the origins and lessons of Independence Day. We should remember, he says, that behind this Fourth of July holiday are human beings, like Thomas Jefferson, who were as flawed and conflicted as they were inspired, who espoused great humanistic ideals while behaving with reprehensible racial discrimination. That conflict — between what we know and how we live — is still a struggle in contemporary politics and society.

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