Preach, sir! In the midst of the debate as to whether to remove the Confederate flag, Jon Stewart is speaking out– and shaming those who continue to defend it, even comparing it to supporting the Nazi flag.
Following the brutal attack in South Carolina which left nine African Americans dead, discussion has opened up (again) about the removal of the Confederate flag due to its very racist implications. On the June 24 episode of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart made his opinion known, and not surprisingly, he’s completely slamming, well, everybody. The poignant (and hilarious) rant is a must watch!
“Taking down the flag only 150 years after the south surrendered, and 20 years after nascar did it,” Jon said in his scathing monologue. “Congratulations, South Carolina, for coming in just two decades behind America’s favorite crash-based sport.”
The takedown of those who support the confederate flag was one for the ages, and no one and nothing was off limits. Jon even recognized the CEO of Walmart, who has recently come out in support of the flag’s removal from his store’s merchandise. Imitating the CEO, Jon said, “look, I knew we sold cheap guns, really cheap. To anybody. Tremendous stopping power. I tell ya, you come to Walmart, you buy some of those guns, you could have a hell of a standoff. My point is this: I didn’t know you could get ’em with a stars and bars holster. That sends a very dangerous message.”
Of course, Jon acknowledges that he is not without any fault. He points out that several retailers have followed Walmart’s pursuit including Sears, Target, Amazon, Ebay and… Etsy? “How the f–k did Etsy get in there?” he said. “Ya know what, I apologize to the south, that one is our bad. As Northeastern liberal elitists, we’re the ones who should have been policing Etsy.”
Finally, Jon breaks down the moral and ideological issue at hand. “Theres one argument that flag supporters turn to more than any other: [their relatives] fought for the south against the United States because of slavery,” he said. “That’s the heritage you’re defending…it’d be like saying you support flying the Nazi flag because you’re proud of their robust anti smoking agenda.”
What do you think of Jon’s rant? Do you agree with him?
— Casey Mink