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Jon Stewart Eviscerates Fox Pundits in Searing Monologue on Ferguson

"Do you not understand that life in this country is inherently different for white people and black people?”

After a summer hiatus, Jon Stewart was back in full force last night, delivering a searing opening monologue that took the conservative media to task for their misguided, biased coverage of the events still unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri.

Stewart eviscerated Fox News blowhards for trying to steer the national conversation toward black-on-black crime and defending the white cop who killed Michael Brown. In one clip, Sean Hannity describes his standard response when getting pulled over by cops (which apparently happens on a semi-regular basis): telling the officer he has a licensed handgun, getting out of the car and lifting up his shirt to show them where he keeps it. Putting aside the fact that Brown was unarmed at the time of his fatal shooting, this approach would be unthinkable a black teen in an economically depressed neighborhood plagued by a fraught relationship with police.

Shaking his head in disbelief, Stewart says, “You really have no fucking idea, do you?...Do you not understand that life in this country is inherently different for white people and black people? Race is there and it is a constant. You’re tired of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it.”

Watch the rest of the clip. 

 

Allegra Kirkland is AlterNet's associate managing editor. Her writing has appeared in the Chicago Reader, Salon, Daily Serving and The Nation.

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