John Stewart, host of The Daily Show, began his opening monologue with a very serious message, not jokes.
He depicted the Charleston shooting suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, as a racist, not a tornado, and the situation as that of a racial one, as he said, “I hate to use this pun, but this one is black and white.”
The television host went on to point out in his opening monologue that the roads in South Carolina are named for confederate generals — something which he referred to as “racial wallpaper.”
In regards to the tragic shooting, Stewart referred to the incident as a “terrorist attack” on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina.
This is a terrorist attack. This is a violent attack on the Emanuel church in South Carolina, which is a symbol for the black community. It has stood in that part of Charleston for a 100-and-something-years and has been attacked viciously many times, as many black churches have.
The attack on the South Carolina church left nine people dead. Among those murdered was the church’s pastor and state senator Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney.
In light of the attack, the Just Department’s Civil Rights Division has opened a hate crime investigation into the incident along with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for South Carolina.
The attack took place during a prayer meeting at the historic black church on Wednesday night after the alleged gunman sat alongside the churchgoers before opening fire. But before he opened fire, Dylan Roof said that he had to do it because “you’re taking over our country” and you need to go.
I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.
Do you agree with Jon Stewart’s assessment of the Charleston shooting?