White liberals often arrogantly see themselves as more qualified to know how blacks should behave politically than blacks who are conservative. Bill Moyers is one such white liberal—a white liberal who has become wealthy by leveraging taxpayer-subsidized public television.
While Clarence Thomas was facing severe racial discrimination and hostility in the mid- and late-1950s as a black child, white Bill Moyers was working for then-outspoken civil rights opponent Lyndon Johnson. But Moyers thinks his bare-knuckled political experience with LBJ in the White House qualifies him to understand discrimination better than someone who’s lived as a black man for 65 years. Following are Moyers’ comments about the Voting Rights Act and Clarence Thomas in an appearance June 26 on the liberal Colbert Report, followed by the video of Moyers’ appearance (start at 4:18):
Stephen Colbert: You were there when the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965.
Bill Moyers: In the room.
Colbert: What do you think [Lyndon Johnson] would say to the Supreme Court for their decision yesterday? ...
Moyers: You know what he would say? He doesn’t understand why Clarence Thomas, who would not be on the Supreme Court had it not been for the Voting Rights Act, pulled the ladder up after him.