Jon Stewart took “The Ferguson Challenge” last night on The Daily Show.
Last night was Stewart’s first show after a two week hiatus and he jumped right into nation’s biggest story. Instead of airing The Daily Show’s typical opening, Stewart started last night’s show by taking “The Ferguson Challenge.”
After getting doused with pepper spray and tear gas, Stewart turned his attention to Bill O’Reilly and the Fox News Channel. Of course, before doing that he chided himself for being away on vacation while the rest of the world was covering the Ferguson story.
Stewart said: “Who wouldn’t cut their vacation short to register their fury. You’d have to be a monster, or in my case, enjoying a particularly nice vacation.”
The Daily Show host then jumped into his real issue with Fox News. According to Stewart, the reporters at Fox simply don’t understand that life is inherently different in America for black people as opposed to white people.
Stewart showed several clips or reporters saying that the Michael Brown case wasn’t about race, before saying: This isn’t all about one man killed in one town. It’s about people of color, no matter their socioeconomic standing, face obstacles in this country with surprising grace… You were furious that America’s 11-month-long celebration of Christmas wasn’t enough. But now, if you can, just imagine that instead of having to suffer the indignity of a Festivus pole blocking something you could’ve just set up in your own yard anyway… imagine, that instead of that, on a pretty consistent basis, you can’t get a fucking cab even though you’re a neurosurgeon because you’re black.”
You can watch last night’s episode of The Daily Show below.