It’s no secret that Fox News has built quite a reputation for not only helping fuel racism, but on many levels either downplaying or flat-out denying that racism is still even an issue. I can’t count how many times I’ve had a conservative tell me that racism is no longer an issue because we elected our nation’s first black president.
Let me go ahead and address that stupidity before moving on. First let’s clarify something: “We” didn’t elect our nation’s first black president, liberals elected our nation’s first black president. When it comes to conservatives and the Republican party as it relates to electing African-Americans, there are exactly three (out of 299 total Republicans) representing the GOP in Congress. In other words, about one percent of the Republicans in Congress are African-American.
And here’s a “fun fact”: Republicans had twice as many African-Americans serving in Congress in 1871 (6) as they do now.
So, no, the fact that liberals elected our nation’s first black president does not mean “racism is no longer an issue” – especially considering the amount of racism that’s been tossed his way since being elected.
Well, as most of us know, one of the driving forces behind a lot of that racism has been the conservative media, in particular Fox News. And just like they normally do, some over on the conservative entertainment network were quick to try to downplay the racism element in the horrific shooting that left nine African-Americans dead in Charleston, South Carolina.
Needless to say, Jon Stewart did what he has often done and absolutely hammered Fox News’ ignorance.
He addressed the accusation by the network that liberals were suffering from a “sickness” by trying to politicize the shooting.
“Yes. It’s a sickness, this rush to use tragedy to advance your narrative,” Stewart said. “Combine that with an inability for self-examination, an almost comical degree of self-exculpatory rhetoric, flag pins, a little bit of leg, and a complete immunity to irony, you’ve got yourself a full-blown case of Foxabetes.”
Now, to be fair, there have been some aspects of the liberal media that have clearly used this tragedy to try to drive an even bigger wedge between Americans all for the sake of page clicks, ratings or revenue. Heck, the night of the shooting I wrote an article calling out some of those in the media for trying to divide us almost immediately as the news broke about this shooting.
But as the saying goes “two wrongs don’t make a right” and the conservative media has been every bit as guilty of trying to politicize this tragedy as a few in the liberal media have.
Perhaps the best part of the segment came when Stewart addressed the culture of Charleston, South Carolina.
“You can’t spit your tobacky in Charleston without hitting a public monument to the glorious days of slavery,” he said. “Because in the context of Charleston’s extensive Confederate porn industry, the flag is just the money shot. That town is like Confederate Epcot.”
And as someone who’s lived in the South my whole life, I can attest to the fact that for many down here the Confederacy is looked upon with respect and honor as opposed to shame and embarrassment, which is what we should all feel about the largest treasonous uprising in our nation’s history.
It’s just a damn shame it took the slaughtering of nine innocent lives last Wednesday before some finally realized that it’s time we stop “honoring” one of the most shameful periods of American history.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central:
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