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It sucks that Jon Stewart is heading out the door. The Daily Show host, who’s stepping away from his anchor desk in August, minced no words when it came to Wednesday night’s mass shooting at AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina that left nine dead including state senator Clementa Pickney. He didn’t even have a funny quip to offer at Fox News & CNN’s coverage of the matter. He just felt “sadness” for the victims’ families and couldn’t understand why something so cut and dry as this deserved so much nuance.

“This is a terrorist attack,” he told his studio audience. “Al Qaeda, ISIS, they’re not shit compared to the damage we can do to ourselves on a regular basis.”

“What blows my mind is the disparity of response,” he said, frustrated. “When we think people that are foreign are going to kill us and us killing ourselves …. We invaded two countries and spent trillions of dollars and (lost) thousands of American lives and now fly unmanned death machines over like five or six different countries, all to keep Americans safe. We’ve got to do whatever we can – we’ll torture people. We’ve got to do whatever we can to keep Americans safe. (But) nine people shot in a church, ‘Hey, what are you going to do> … that’s the part I cannot for the life of me wrap my head around.”

Stewart may receive some snarky backlash from some on social media but given the context of his show and others like it such as Larry Wilmore’s The Nightly Show and Jon Oliver’s Last Week Tonight, it’s the lone platform he has to speak to a mass audience who’ll get it. Every other critic or responder in the news has decided to ask all of the wrong questions, even with Charleston shooter Dylann Roof admitted his intentions to witnesses in the church and confessed to the shootings.

Unlike many, Stewart flat out gets it. We may consider it liberal bias but there’s been too much evidence in the past year alone that race is almost as pertinent an issue in this country in the 1960s. It may be an uncomfortable subject for some but think about those who actually have to live within it. Who are subjected to it in the most cloaked and indirect manners.

Don’t blame Jon Stewart for seeing the “black and white” in this just as we do. Wonder why the general news media and those searching for click bait agendas try to avoid it all together.

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