After the horrific and tragic Charleston Church Shooting, Jon Stewart was definitely in no mood for any humor on his show. He delivered a speech on the existent problem of racism and race hatred in America.
Nine individuals were massacred in a shooting at a Black American Church in South Carolina on Wednesay. Jon Stewart who mostly starts off his Daily Show on a funny note was obviously in a depressed state instead of his usual chirpy self.
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He said a series of sad sentences that acknowledged that race relations still had a long way to go in the United States. Apparently a bible study program was underway at the holy center of worship when a white man suddenly began spraying bullets from a gun into the congregation.
Stewart said that racism was the elephant in the room that everybody down to the last man and woman refused to face up to. In fact, he said that it had become an infected laceration that would take a lot of healing in order or things to get back to normal.
Stewart than went ahead and acknowledged that he usually arrived early in the morning for his show and penned a couple of jokes to make the common man laugh. But he said that on such an occasion how could he even think of joking around. It would be a preposterous thing to do therefore there would be no jokes whatsoever.
Jon Stewart then got down to specifics and said that while the government was tough on foreign elements that tried to sabotage the American agenda (read Islamic terrorists), it had turned a blind eye towards the internal situation at hand.
The racial tensions and ethnic faultlines would simply rip the fabric of the nation into little pieces if things were not brought into control via mutual harmony and a common melting pot culture.
Stewart said that this too was an act of terror although it had been perpetrated by insiders instead of outsiders. It ought to be taken very seriously since it struck at the heart of racial tolerance.
Jon kept the tone and tenor of his show dead serious. But only for one brief moment did he let a loose one slip. He said that he had looked into the matter and so had everyone else and yet by the end of the day he knew that all those concerned including the government will do absolutely zilch.
This provoked muffled laughter among the audience although it was more of a gallows humor.
The rest of the time left for the show was dedicated to a meaningful interview with educational and human rights activist and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafai.