For over 15 years Daily Show host Jon Stewart has used his opening monologue to tackle political and current events with his trademark banter and wit. On Thursday night however he traded his usual jokes for straight facts, delivering a searing rebuttal to those claiming that the Charleston shooting was anything other than racially motivated.
Said Stewart, “I honestly have nothing other than sadness that once again we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other and the nexus of a gaping racial wound that will not heal yet we pretend doesn’t exist.” He added, “I’m confident though that by acknowledging it, by staring into it, we still won’t do jack shit.”
“Nine people were shot in a black church by a white guy who hated them who wanted to start some sort of civil war,” Stewart recapped. “The Confederate flag flies over South Carolina. And the roads are named for Confederate generals. And the white guy is the one who feels like his country is being taken away from him. We’re bringing it on ourselves. And that’s the thing: Al Qaeda, ISIS, they’re not shit compared to the damage we can do to ourselves on a regular basis” a visibly emotional Stewart explained.
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