Jon Stewart got serious on “The Daily Show” on Thursday (June 18) night when discussing the shooting in Charleston, S.C. where Dylann Roof shot and killed nine African-Americans during a Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church:
“I heard someone on the news say that ‘tragedy has visited this church.’
This wasn’t a tornado. This was a racist. This was a guy with a Rhodesia badge on his sweater. So – I hate to even use this pun – this one is black and white. There’s no nuance here.
And we’re gonna keep pretending like, ‘I don’t get it, what happened? This one guy lost his mind.’ But we are steeped in that culture in this country and we refuse to recognize it. And I cannot believe how hard people are working to discount it.
In South Carolina, the roads that black people drive on are named for Confederate generals who fought to keep black people from freely driving on that road. That’s insanity. That’s racial wallpaper. You can’t allow that. Nine people were shot in a black church by a white guy who hated them, who wanted to start some kind of civil war. The Confederate flag flies over South Carolina and the roads are named for Confederate generals and the white guy’s 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, all those guys, ISIS – they’re not s*** compared to the damage that we can apparently do to ourselves on a regular basis. …”