Quantcast
Connect with us

‘America stopped and smelled the racism’: Jon Stewart gets serious about Black Lives Matter

Published

on

Stephen Colbert welcomed his friend Jon Stewart on “A Late Show” Wednesday to promote his upcoming film, “Irresistible,” but the two ended up having a deep conversation about conservatives’ opposition to basic hygiene and the recent revelations by Americans that racism still exists.

Stewart said that he remembered when he was still doing “The Daily Show,” and Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri, and the white supremacist shot up the Black church in Charleston.

ADVERTISEMENT

“I remember those moments being so chilling and feeling like such a wake-up call,” Stewart said. “But also feeling hopeless that we continue to stare at the sort of this abyss of a gaping racial wound that we never seem to do anything about. And so, in this moment, I don’t know if it was– I think Will Smith said it’s not that racism is worse it’s being filmed. But the others were on camera as well. In some respects, I wonder if the pandemic, because we all went into kind of a stasis, and so much of our — the distractions of your daily life were removed, that it allowed the country a moment of clarity because so much of the noise — it’s almost like in this moment of more quiet reflection, America suddenly stopped and smelled the racism. Do you know what I mean?”

“There was that feeling that we were in a moment’s pause, and in that — in that one breath, maybe it suddenly became clear to us. Because, look, the biggest obstacle to change has always been our inability to understand that it’s not just about ending segregation. It’s about dismantling the barriers.”

He referenced an interview he did that morning with Charlemagne here they discussed that Black Americans have had to fight for equality for so long while others were able to work on building their wealth.

“It feels like Black people have had to fight so hard for equality for so long, and the exhaustion of that, and the despair of that, the anguish of that. While they were fighting for equality, white people were building equity,” Stewart explained. “And the disparity then — between a lack of equality and a rising of equity just exacerbated it. So they’re always negotiating from this subservient position what should not be a negotiation. They had to, from the get-go, ask for human hood. Ask for those things that in our Declaration of Independence, say, very clearly, ‘Are your inalienable rights from your creator.’ They’re not, you know — if God creates us all equal, the American government somehow got to be the bouncer of that creed, and you had to ask and beg and plead and fight and take to the streets to gain equality. But while that was going on, we still have legal boundaries to keep them from gaining equity. And I think equality will only come once the community can gain the equity that’s been taken from them.”

See the interview below:

Part 1:

Part 2:

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Stephen Colbert hilariously mocks Oklahoma governor ‘Stitt for brains’ for catching COVID-19 after ignoring masks

Published

on

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) revealed Wednesday that he is positive for the coronavirus. It could have been the exposure he incurred at the Trump rally. Or it could have been all of those times he went out without a mask saying he was "social distancing." Either way, it was something "A Late Show" host Stephen Colbert found to be a hilarious example of schadenfreude.

"All the people in charge who told us the pandemic wasn't a big deal are looking big dumb right now like Oklahoma governor and chunky Dracula Kevin Stitt, cuz remember Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma full of unmasked open mouth screamers," said Colbert. "Lots of people called it a terrible idea, said it should be canceled. Not Governor Stitt."

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

The problem isn’t the campaign manager — it’s Trump: Republican analyst

Published

on

Switching up the campaign manager four months before the election when the latest poll shows you 12 points down has nothing to do with the campaign's leadership, Republican analyst Amanda Carpenter explained on CNN Wednesday.

"The problem isn't that Donald Trump has a bad campaigner," said Carpenter in an interview with CNN's Don Lemon. "They're raising tons of money. They have a boatload of surrogates. The problem is that he has a bad presidency. And no one -- no one, no spin master, not Kellyanne Conway, not Brad Parscale can spin the most important number of this election, and that's -- at present, 137,000 dead and rising. And so what we need to see if Donald Trump wants to turn this around is to turn around his white house. And I have four words of advice: More Fauci, less Kayleigh."

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Here’s what you need to know about Bill Stepien — the man who just took over Trump’s fledgling campaign

Published

on

President Donald Trump announced that his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, is being shoved out of his role given the failures the campaign has suffered over the past seven months.

In his place, for now, at least, will be Bill Stepien.

If that name sounds familiar, it may be because Stepien was part of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's Bridgegate scandal, where, as punishment to Mayor Mark Sokolich, two of three toll lanes were closed during a Monday morning rush hour and weren't reopened until Friday.

The court case quoted Bill Stepien's name over 700 times, including an email in which he claimed, "It will be a tough November for this little Serbian." The mayor was born in Fort Lee, and his lineage isn't Serbian, it's actually Croatian.

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image