“I didn’t do my job today. So I apologize. I got nothing for you in terms of jokes and sounds because of what happened in South Carolina.”
Viewers expected the usual jokes and quips of The Daily Show on Thursday night (June 18). But instead of poking fun at the news, the recent massacre at a South Carolina church had host John Stewart serious about his frustration with race relations, terrorism and violence within American borders.
“I honestly have nothing other than just sadness once again that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other and the nexxus of a just gaping racial wound that will not heal that we pretend doesn’t exist.”
Stewart was fed up with what he described as “a common occurence” and criticized the nation’s handling of such issues, providing hard-hitting facts about the shooting in Charleston and what lives are like for Blacks there as well as comparing the incident to the war in Iraq.
Following his monolgue, Stewart brought out Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai and ended with a sermon of slain Pastor Clementa Pinckney to show forces who have positive differences towards justice in the world, which can be seen here.