Jon Stewart on Us Killing Ourselves

I know that some of the readers watch Jon Stewart nightly. Some watch him off and on, and some never see him. This was his opening monologue on Thursday night (June 18). It wasn’t his regular take on the news. Thanks to the Daily Kos for providing this to us.

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 just gaping racial wound that will not heal yet we pretend doesn’t exist.I’m confident though that by acknowledging it—by staring into it—we still won’t do jack shit.

That’s us.

What blows my mind is the disparity of response between when we think people that are foreign are going to kill us and us killing ourselves.  If this had been Islamic terrorism it would fit into our — we invade two countries and spent trillions of dollars and lost thousands of American lives and now fly unmanned death machines over like five or six different counties, all to keep Americans safe.  We’ve got to do whatever we can—we’ll torture people.  We’ve got to do whatever we can to keep Americans safe.

But nine people shot in a church— ‘Hey, what are you going go to do? Crazy is as crazy is, right?’  That’s the part that, for the life of me, I can’t wrap my head around.  And you know it’s going to go down the same path.

They’re already using the nuanced language of lack of effort for this.  This is a terrorist attack.  This is a violent attack on Emmanuel church in South Carolina which is symbol for the black community and to pretend— I heard someone on the news say, “tragedy has visited church”— this wasn’t a tornado.  This was racist.

This one is black and white.  There is no nuance here.

And we’re going to keep pretending — “I don’t get it, what happened, this one guy lost his mind”.  We are steeped in that culture in this country and we refuse to recognize it.  I can not believe how hard some 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 driving freely 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 sort of civil war.  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.

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About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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2 Responses to Jon Stewart on Us Killing Ourselves

  1. Anne says:

    If only it were this compelling watching Tom Reed not do his job.

  2. Robert says:

    Exactly so.

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