WATCH: Choked-Up Jon Stewart Says He Can't Tell Jokes After Charleston Massacre
Last night's Daily Show was entirely out of jokes.
"My job is easy", host Jon Stewart said. "I come here, read the news, and make some jokes. I make some funny faces and then it's just cha-ching and I'm out the door. But I didn't do my job today. I got nothing for you because of what happened in South Carolina".
What follows is a heartfelt appeal to America on the issue of race and our strangely inconsistent application of outrage. He noted that two wars and trillions were spent to fight a force far less dangerous that domestic shootings and American racial terror -- Islamic radicalism. He would go on to highlight some of the lower-level forms of abuse, from the confederate flag over South Carolina to the residual heritage of slavery.
"We have roads named after confederate generals. Black people have to drive on roads named after those who would prevent them from driving. That's insanity." As America renews its debate over the use of Confederate imagery,and its pernicious effects on black society, his point is an urgent one, indeed.
Watch the clip below: