Jon Stewart Rips Confederate Flag Supporters: Stop Trying to Downplay Slavery (Video)

jon-stewart-confederate-flagWhile I’ll admit that the media has spent an inordinate amount of time discussing the Confederate flag this past week, I’ve found most of the debate on this issue rather fascinating. Especially considering how quickly the demise of the Confederate flag seems to be happening.

To be honest, I really didn’t see a lot of this coming. I thought that maybe after a few weeks of bad press, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley might say she wanted the flag taken down but ultimately nothing would ever happen. But I was wrong. She called for the flag to be removed rather quickly, and while it still flies at the state capitol, it now seems to be a matter of when not if this flag will be forever removed from a place it should have never been in the first place. Not to mention all of this discussion has already brought about movement and positive action in other states besides South Carolina.

Though as I said on Twitter a few days ago, it’s still embarrassing that it took the racist slaughter of nine African-Americans for many Republicans to finally admit that this flag represents hate and doesn’t deserve to be flying outside of government buildings.

Well, on Wednesday night Jon Stewart had some rather choice words for those who continue to defend the Confederate flag, essentially accusing them of trying to downplay racism. Stewart pointed out that many of its defenders claim the Civil War was about states’ rights, not slavery. He also went after those who claim it’s about “Southern pride” and “heritage,” saying that their ancestors might have had other redeeming qualities, but that doesn’t negate the primary reason why the Civil War happened – slavery.

“It’d be like saying you support flying the Nazi flag because you’re proud of their robust anti-smoking agenda,” Stewart said, showing a piece of Nazi-era anti-smoking propaganda. “But that wasn’t really their thing.”

Though The Daily Show host did point out that it’s becoming more difficult to find anyone in the “mainstream” who’ll defend the Confederate flag, using a clip of a representative from the Sons of Confederate Veterans discussing how he feels taking down the flag is a “slippery slope” to removing monuments and changing street names that honor members of the Confederacy.

“Let me explain to you how the ‘slippery slope’ argument usually works: usually when you do the ‘slippery slope’ argument, you like to end it in something bad,” Stewart quipped. “You don’t go like, ‘The next thing, black children don’t have to go to schools named after men who wouldn’t have allowed them to learn how to read.’”

He also went on to mock Fox News contributor Todd Starnes for suggesting that the next flag that will be targeted will be the U.S. flag.

It’s rather hard for me to “celebrate” that we seem to finally be heading toward a time in this country where the Confederacy is no longer honored, considering that it’s taken 150 years to get to this point – and even still it really took one of the worst racially-motivated terrorist attacks this country has seen in a very long time to finally ignite a movement that’s been long overdue.

Watch the segment below via Comedy Central:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Doug Smith

    Racism is all over the world it’s been going over 2000 years what it’s not a flag that say’s hate be for we know it people will say the united States flag will be to because it offends somebody because the klan carrying that to south own slaves so did the north what was the reason of that war the north going broke they needed the south money they come up with free the slaves an the south was in the process free them before the war started so I’m a white man if I walk in a mall with a united States flag an some 30 rounds clips would that be a hate flag to I spent 6 years protected that flag an the people of the USA stop worrying about a flag there more important things to worry about hate going to be here to the end of time get over it and for the nine people that lost their lives by one idiot turn him over to the family’s an let them decide the outcome of what happened to him then tax payers money can go somewhere else then to house him for 20 years wake up American

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      2000 years? Is that all? Actually, I highly doubt it’s only 2000 years but OK… are a biblical minded kind of person. Silly, but ok. Honestly, I’ve read what you took the time to write at least FOUR times and I can’t make ‘heads or tails’ of it. Seriously, you make zero sense in the real world. I hope it made sense to you in the state you are in, but to us average college graduates with post graduate work, it makes no sense. Have a nice day.

  • Hildabeast

    Im sick of hearing about a stupid piece of cloth.Enough aready.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      why do you come here and post?

      • Jim Bean

        I think the conversation should be free and not fettered by individuals intent on silencing those with opposing view points.

        How do you feel about my viewpoint and why do you feel that way? What does it say about you? Do you have a corrective action plan?

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        That would certainly be the first time a conversation you were involved in was about that. Why don’t you reply to the post I was replying to? Or do you only disagree with non-cosnservatives….

      • Jim Bean

        You have the territory of disagreeing with conservatives adequately covered in spades. Someone needs to monitor your activities to ensure you remain impartial and unbiased and to call you on it when you become disingenuous.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        why do I need to be impartial? Especially in dealing with right wing nutjobs. You are here defending Mr “projectile vomit” who is obviously sickened by homosexuals having the right to marry as well as anyone who disagrees with his stance on the flag.

        Move along Jim

  • Jim Bean

    Stewart will be sorely missed when gone, having become the Left’s primary news source and guiding light the way he has.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      Do you really still troll this site?