Equality

Despite its birth as a nation conceived in principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the struggle for equality in America has remained a disturbing constant in our history. Bill Moyers’ body of work addresses the fights for equality in race, gender and sexual orientation, and against the economic injustice that finds half of our citizens living at poverty level or worse. With the shows, specials, essays and talks below, see how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go.

EXPLORE Equality

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March 6, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Is America a Post-racial Society? Not even close, says social justice advocate Angela Glover Blackwell. Continue reading

An illustrative 1996 cover story urges Bill Clinton to sign welfare reform in The New Republic.
March 6, 2014 | Blog

Princeton political scientist Martin Gilens explains how the media and longstanding racial stereotypes impact anti-poverty policy. Continue reading

A protestor holds up a sign that says 'Hell No Obamacare' at a rally
March 5, 2014 | Blog

“Obamacare.” The right loves to hammer the Affordable Care Act with this nickname, and even the rest of us tend to use it. But we should not, for it works at least partly as a racial provocation. Continue reading

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March 5, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Bill continues his conversation with author and legal scholar Ian Haney López about how politicians use strategic racism to win votes. Watch part I. Continue reading

Thousands of people march through through downtown Raleigh, N.C. in what organizers describe as a "Mass Moral March" near the State Capitol building Saturday Feb. 8, 2014. Nearly 200 organizations are joining the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in the "Moral March on Raleigh," a new name for the "Historic Thousands on Jones Street," as it was originally called. Jones Street referred to the street where the Legislative Building stands and the usual terminus of the march. Advocates are angry about bills Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law, including the refusal to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law; a reduction in unemployment benefits; an elections-overhaul law that requires photo identification to vote in person; the elimination of the earned income tax credit; and taxpayer-funded grants for low-income children to attend private K-12 schools. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy)
March 3, 2014 | Activism

Carolina Jews for Justice is mobilizing the Jewish minority across the state to join the Moral Mondays campaign to challenge the Republican takeover of the legislature. Continue reading

Protesters form a wall of signs at the Occupy Portland camp in downtown Portland, Ore. October 2011. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
February 28, 2014 | Blog

The Left needs to remove its self-imposed limitations and unleash its imagination and courage. Continue reading

Bill Moyers and Ian Haney Lopez talking about dog whistle politics
February 28, 2014

Author and legal scholar Ian Haney López tells Bill that dog whistle politics is “the dark magic” by which middle-class voters have been seduced to vote against their own economic interests. Don’t miss: Part II of their conversation » Continue reading

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February 28, 2014 | Blog

The GOP’s Southern Strategy has yielded some success, but ultimately race is just a single variable. Continue reading

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February 27, 2014 | Blog
One doesn't think much about suspended driver's licenses, but one lawmaker says they can have a snowball effect.
Ronald Reagan speaking at a Boston insurance meeting in 1976 said he wanted to revamp the party, possibly changing its name, and lead an aggressive drive to strengthen the two-party system. (AP Photo/J Walter Green)
February 27, 2014 | Blog

In this video clip, Ian Haney López recalls how “the great communicator” used racial tensions to sway middle-class white Americans to vote for policies not in their self-interest. Continue reading

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE AT 3 A.M. EST (5 P.M. JST) - Students Julian Lopez, 12th grade, second left; Ben Montalbano, 11th grade, second right; and James Agostino, 12th grade, right; listen during their Advanced Placement (AP) Physics class at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
February 26, 2014 | Blog

One teacher’s perspective on today’s data-driven education system. Continue reading

Jo Beaudry holds up a sign as she joins nearly 250 gay rights supporters protesting SB1062 at the Arizona Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Phoenix. The protesters gathered demanding Gov. Jan Brewer veto legislation that would allow business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
February 26, 2014 | Blog

Mother Jones reporter Dana Liebelson has been tracking the trend. Continue reading

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February 26, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Author and legal scholar Ian Haney López talks to Bill about how politicians use race to influence your vote. Watch the full show. Continue reading

Plans to build an Islamic center near ground zero, the sight of 9/11 terrorist attack on the United States, have sparked anger and islamophobic reactions amongst some Americans. On the ninth anniversary of 9/11, approximately 3000 demonstrators protested while a few blocks away about the same number of people demonstrated for religious tolerance. New York City, N.Y. Sept. 11, 2010./Credit:HALEY/SIPA/1009121051 (Sipa via AP Images)
February 25, 2014 | Blog

Proponents of “foreign law bans” would have you believe they are interested in all foreign laws. They’re actually designed to specifically target Muslims. Continue reading

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February 25, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Have America’s liberals hoisted the white flag of surrender? A provocative conversation with political observer Adolph Reed Jr. Share your thoughts in the comments. Continue reading

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