Jon Stewart’s, The Daily Show, has 2.69 million followers on Twitter. After his segment about the situation in Ferguson, MO it’s easy to see why. I’m not a regular watcher of his show, and I certainly don’t agree with all that he has to say. But when he took on conservative news coverage and opinions about the situation in Ferguson his bold, humorous and perceptive insights had me hooked.
This post is not an endorsement of the swear words Mr. Stewart uses, nor do I intend to affirm any of his opinions or stances that he may espouse outside of this segment. I just felt like someone on television, a white male no less, actually articulated the feelings of some African Americans quite well. He blended humor, history, and cultural awareness to skewer conservative pundits and their interpretation of the death of unarmed African American teenager, Mike Brown, at the hands of white police officer, Darren Wilson.
Jon Stewart dives into the topic by asking this question…
Do you not understand that life in this country is inherently different for white people and black people?
And while many would respond to opinions opposite of their own with anger or convoluted arguments, Jon Stewart cuts to the heart of the response with humor.
Commentator: You know who talks about race? Racists.
Jon Stewart: Did you just “He-who-smelt-it-dealt-it” racism?!
And probably the most poignant line in the entire clip is this…
Here’s the problem with everything that’s going on in this conversation. This isn’t all about just one man killed in one town. It’s about how people of color, no matter their socioeconomic standing, face obstacles in this country with surprising grace.
But Jon Stewart summarizes his point well in this statement…
Race is there. And you’re tired of hearing about it? Imagine how ____ exhausting it is to live it.
Although I’ve read dozens of posts (and written a few myself) about Ferguson and the resulting racial dialogue, at the end of the Jon Stewart’s segment, I was left thinking, “Sometimes comedians say it better.”
What do you think of Mr. Stewart’s segment on Ferguson?