“Do you not understand that life in this country is inherently different for White people than it is Black people?”
“The Daily Show” returned this week after Jon Stewart’s vacation and personally, I couldn’t wait to hear his commentary on the tragedy in Ferguson. He didn’t disappoint. Stewart dedicated nearly the entire episode to taking the media to task for the way they’ve been covering Michael Brown’s death. The show began with Stewart doing the “Ferguson Protest Challenge” — which traded out the Ice Bucket Challenge’s cold water for mace and tear gas.
Stewart passionately admitted, “This isn’t all about just one man killed in one town; it’s about people of color, no matter their socioeconomic standing, face obstacles in this country with surprising grace. I guarantee you that every person of color in this country has faced an indignity, from the ridiculous to the grotesque, to the sometimes fatal and some point (I’m going to say) in their last couple of hours, because of their skin color.”
However, in typical Jon Stewart fashion, he managed to pour so much sarcasm into his chastising of the media, I literally laughed the entire segment. When done right, humor is not only hilarious, but educational and Stewart has a brilliant way of making us laugh, but also making us reflect.
Check out his best lines from the show:
1.”The shooting by police of teen, Michael Brown has sparked a series of protests, which in turn sparked a stern response by police, who appear to be auditioning for ‘Robo Cop.'”
2. When a news outlet claimed that describing Brown as an unarmed teen who was shot by a White officer “colors” the way we talk about this story. Stewart said, “Yes, describing the actual facts of the case really does color the way we look at it. White cop shoots unarmed Black teen does sound terrible. Whereas hero cop kills alien-hunting human for sport, would put a completely different spin on things.”
3. Many outlets asked why other stories like Black on Black crime aren’t being covered, to which Stewart replied, “Yes! Why all the interest in holding police officers to a higher standard than gangs? They both flash colors and yes, one of them has been sworn to protect and defend…”
4. A news anchor challenged civil rights leaders, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, claiming they’re not rallying around the violence issues in Chicago. Jon quickly showed a clip of Rev. Sharpton at a Chicago church on July 10, and the news broadcast talked about him planning a summit around the violence there. Stewart said, “What could explain the lack of outrage on Al Sharpton not doing anything about Black on Black violence in Chicago…oh, because African-American leaders did hold a summit about that back in November, and have met at least three times in the last 13 months. They are trying to do something. You being ignorant of those attempts doesn’t mean the issue itself is being ignored. The same as when it snows where you live doesn’t mean the world isn’t getting hotter.”
5. Sean Hannity explained on his show that anytime he is pulled over by police, he explains that he’s got a registered gun in the car or if it’s on him, he’ll step out of the car and show the gun to the officer. Stewart said, “If only Michael Brown, instead of holding his hands over his head, had reached down ot his waist and lifted up his shirt to show the gun he didn’t actually have, this whole tragedy could have been avoided.”
6. A talking head said on a Ferguson news broadcast, “You know who talks about race? Racists!” Stewart said, “Did you just, ‘he who smelt it, dealt it, racism?!
7. There was a man who was beaten by Ferguson police and then charged with damaging government property because his blood had gotten on the officers’ uniforms. Stewart said, “You guys got tanks, but you can’t keep a couple of Tide sticks around?”
8. Perhaps the best part of the show was when Stewart showed clips of news broadcasts of White anchors outraged over trivial things like Festivus and nativity scenes not being displayed, Stewart says, “Imagine that instead of having to suffer the indignity of a Festivus pole blocking something you could have just set up in your own yeard anyway, instead of that, on a pretty consistent basis, you can’t get a f*cking cab, even though you’re a neurosurgeon, because you’re Black.”
The bottom line here is of course another amazing Stewart quote, “Race is there and it is a constant. You’re tired of hearing about it? Imagine how f*cking exhausting it is, living it.” Now this is how you cover Ferguson!
Check out the clip from “The Daily Show” where comedian, Michael Che goes to outerspace is search of a place where a Black man hasn’t been shot by police:
Check Out This Gallery Of Mike Brown Supporters:
1. A Call To Action
The fatal shooting of yet another unarmed teen, Michael Brown has caused outrage that's gone way beyond Ferguson, Missouri where the shooting happened. Protestors from all over are gathering, raising two hands in the air--the classic gesture of surrender--and turning the passive move into defiance for the sake of protesting Brown's death. Hands Up, Don't Shoot has become the definition of Ferguson protests.
6. Young Black Men Support
Demonstrators raise their hands during a rally to protest the shooting death of an unarmed teen by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
7. No Justice, No Peace!
A demonstrator raises his hands and holds up a sign during a rally to protest the shooting death of Mike Brown.
8. Hands Up
Demonstrators raise their hands during a rally to protest the shooting death of an unarmed teen by a police officer in Ferguson.
9. Don't Shoot
A demonstrator in a business suit raises his hands during a rally to protest.
10. Beyond Color
Why is the officer looking at this White woman, who is supporting Mike Brown, in this way?
11. Youth Movement
A young man raising his hands in support of Mike Brown.
12. Don't Shoot
A White woman with her hands raised in submission with the message on her palms.
13. Generational Support
An older woman raises her hands in support of Mike Brown and the Hands Up, Don't Shoot movement.
14. Activists Of Our Generation
Protest over the killing of unarmed teen, Mike Brown in Ferguson.
15. Gathering Crowds
A capacity crowd gathers at Greater St. Marks Family Church along with the family of Michael Brown and civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton to discuss the killing of brown and the civil unrest resulting from his death.
16. Mike Brown's Mother
Lesley McSpadden (L), the mother of slain teenager Michael Brown joins a capacity crowd of guests at Greater St. Marks Family Church to discuss the killing of her son and the civil unrest resulting from his death.
17. The Revolution Will Be Socially Shared
Demonstrators raise their hands and chant "hands up, don't shoot" during a protest over the killing of Michael Brown.
Demonstrators wearing Guy Fawkes masks, raise their hands during a rally on West Florissant Avenue to protest the shooting death of an unarmed teen by a police officer in Ferguson.
19. T-Shirt With A Message
Demonstrators gather along West Florissant Avenue to protest the shooting death of Michael Brown.
20. RIP Mike
Demonstrators gather along West Florissant Avenue to protest Mike Brown's death.
21. Hands Up
Demonstrators gather along West Florissant Avenue to protest the shooting death of Mike Brown.
22. We Are One Race
A demonstrator holds banner during a rally to protest the shooting death of an unarmed teen, Mike Brown.
23. Do I Fit The Description?
Mohamed Bangoura, 21, holds a sign after speaking about a recent incident when he was pulled aside by the Boston Police while walking home one day because he was told, "he fit the description."
24. Am I Next?
Demetrus Washington joins other demonstrators protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.
25. A Happy Protestor
Demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
26. We Are Praying With My Feet
Demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.
27. Masked Supporter
Demonstrators raise their hands during a rally on West Florissant Avenue to protest the shooting death of Mike Brown.
28. Just A Young Black Man, Walking
Mothers need to have conversations with their sons regarding their lives and how to stay safe with police.
29. Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae grabbed her Wondaland camp to offer support to Mike Brown.
30. A Stand Off
Ferguson police face protestors who refuse to give up.
31. Even Kids Are Involved
Wow, the impact this movement will have on children is incredible! They know activism at such young age!
32. The Power Of Banning Together
Demonstrators protest the shooting of Mike Brown.
33. We Want Answers
Ferguson residents challenge police with their hands up.
34. Mommy/Daughter Team
How amazing is it that mothers are teaching their kids the importance of being down for the cause.
35. Brave Supporters
Protestors rally around Mike Brown's death
36. We Need Justice
It's a beautiful thing to see our young Black men commit to change!
37. Black Teens Support
As the tear gas fills the air, Black teens stay focused on the cause.
38. Hands Up
Protestors support Mike Brown's family.
39. Don't Shoot!
One brave soul spray paints his chest with the message.
40. Passive Aggressive
Sure, the hands up move may seem passive, but this protest turns it into an aggressive response to police brutality.
41. The People Flee
People flee as police advance on protestors firing tear gas and rubber bullets to force them from the business district into nearby neighborhoods.
42. Let There Be Peace
Supporters go down to their knees with hands up for Hands Up, Don't Shoot.
43. Howard University Students
HBCU, Howard University's students ban together to offer their support.
44. Reverend Al Sharpton
Reverend Al Sharpton is often one of the first responders of racial wrongdoing. He's been very supportive of the Brown family.
45. Hell No, We Won't Go!
Residents and their supporters were protesting the shooting.
What a beautiful sight to see! People banning together to fight for our rights!
47. Assume The Position
A man is approached by the police while his hands are up.
48. A Sniper, Really?
You can see one person's hands up in reaction to the sniper.
49. Never Give Up
On the 4th day of violent protests, brave souls don't give up.
50. Is It A Race Thing?
Demonstrators protest the shooting death of Mike Brown.
51. A Powerful Image
Police approach a man on his knees who's hands are up and his back is turned.