This episode aired on June 29, 2012.
Bill opens this weekend's Moyers & Company with a reminder 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.
No stranger to the contradictions of history and their racial touchpoints is Bill's studio guest Khalil Gibran Muhammad, head of the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and author of The Condemnation of Blackness. Muhammad and Moyers discuss the importance of confronting the contradictions of America's past to better understand present issues of race and equality.