A young white guy walked into a black church in Charleston and shot multiple people then called the cops and said he had a bomb. Don’t worry: the press will soon be telling us how sad he was growing up and what his favorite TV shows are.
I got nothing for you, in terms of jokes and sounds. Because of what happened in South Carolina. And maybe if I wasn’t nearing 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. So I honestly have nothing.
When Jon Stewart takes his final bow tonight, many will remember him as a brilliant comedian who gleefully skewered the regular absurdities of business, politics and media. But the comedian was often at his best when he wasn’t telling jokes but rather speaking up, without humor, as a voice for the times. From 9/11 to Charleston, these 5 moments show why we’ll really miss him.
Racial terror against black people in America is not a thing of the past.
To suggest otherwise, and to relegate this idea of widespread anti-black violence to the mid-20th century and before, is a convenient denial of facts. Before now, the Birmingham church bombing served as one of the major turning points in the struggle for black equality. But now, Charleston is happening. The body count is even more horrifying than its predecessor. And its occurrence during an era presumed so much more racially progressive than the early 1960s begs a reckoning with how far we’ve truly come in terms of race relations.
When will we, as Americans, concede that we may not be so far along the path to racial equity as we like to believe? And when will we admit that the nation we were in 1963 is actually not so different from the one we are in 2015?