Not much leaves The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart speechless.
Not conservatives who won’t recognize their white privilege. Not Fox News’ coverage of…well everything. And not even the ineptness of Ferguson, Mo. officials who botched the investigation and aftermath of Michael Brown’s death.
But on the night a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict the NYPD officer who used an illegal chokehold on Eric Garner, killing the unarmed grandfather, Stewart was all out of satire.
“If comedy is tragedy plus time, then I need more fucking time. But I would really settle for less tragedy, to be honest with you,” Stewart said in the first few minutes of the show.
“I think what is so utterly depressing is that none of the ambiguities that exist in the Ferguson case exist in the Staten Island case. And yet the outcome is exactly the same: no crime, no trial, all harm, no foul…The coroner called it a homicide, the guy isn’t acting threatening, and we know that not through witness testimony from unreliable bystanders but because we are fucking watching it. Someone taped it.”
“We are definitely not living in a post-racial society,” he said. “And I can imagine there are a lot of people wondering how much of a society we’re living in at all.”
Watch the clip above.
SOURCE: Comedy Central