After nine people were massacred at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Jon Stewart’s opening monologue was a sober reflection that this incident wasn’t a “tragedy” — it was racism.
The mass shooting that occurred during a Bible study at the longest-standing African Methodist Episcopal congregation in the South left a nation saddened, angry and wondering what it will take to stop racially motivated acts of violence to end once and for all. Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart had some answers for us.
“But 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. And maybe if I wasn’t near the end of the run, or this wasn’t such a common occurrence, maybe I could’ve pulled out of the spiral. But I didn’t. And so, 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 nexus of a just gaping racial wound that will not heal yet we pretend doesn’t exist.”
For those who claim that this wasn’t an act of racism, Stewart had some words for them as well.
“Nine people were shot in a black church by a white guy who hated them who wanted to start some sort of civil war,” he said. “The Confederate flag flies over South Carolina. And the roads are named for Confederate generals. And the white guy is the one who feels like his country is being taken away from him. We’re bringing it on ourselves. And that’s the thing — al Qaeda, ISIS, they’re not shit compared to the damage we can do to ourselves on a regular basis.”
The city of Charleston is raising money to support the families of the victims in this horrific tragedy. From Time.com:
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley announced the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund Thursday and said the city has already pledged $5,000. The fund will help the victims’ relatives pay for funerals for their loved ones, counseling services and other needs as they heal from the tragedy.
The website for contributions to this fund is expected to be functioning by noon on Friday. Those wishing to contribute will also be able to do so at any Wells Fargo branch by specifying that they’d like to donate to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.
In the meantime, the fund will be accepting checks made out to “Mother Emanuel Hope Fund” at the following address:
Mother Emanuel Hope Fund
C/O City of Charleston
P.O. Box 304
Charleston, SC 29402
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and residents of Charleston. We stand with you during this sad time.