Where a gunman shot and killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a historic black church in Charleston.
After the suspected shooter was caught, a 21-year-old white man identified as Dylann Roof, the media went into a frenzy with news anchors debating racism and gun laws in the United States.
However, the only television commentary that actually made sense and held a powerful message that everyone across the nation needs to hear, of course, came from The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart.
Abandoning his comic persona, the soon-to-be-retired host started off his show on a grim note.
“I didn’t do my job today. I apologize,” Stewart said, after explaining how he makes a living by writing jokes about news, adding he couldn’t make up funny stuff that night because of what happened in South Carolina.
And then he started his somber yet passionate commentary on the incident which deserves to be quoted verbatim:
“…I honestly have nothing other than just sadness once again that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence we do to each other and the nexus of a gaping racial wound that will not heal but we pretend doesn’t exist.”
“I’m confident though that by acknowledging it – by staring into it – we still won’t do jack s**t. That’s us. And that’s the part that blows my mind…What blows my mind is the disparity of response. When we think people that are foreign are going to kill us and us killing ourselves…We invade two countries and spent trillions of dollars and lost thousands of American lives and now fly unmanned death machines over like five or six different counties, all to keep Americans safe."
"This is a terrorist attack. This is a violent attack on the Emmanuel Church in South Carolina, which is a symbol for the black community. It has stood in that part of Charleston for hundreds of years and has been attacked viciously many times, as many black churches have."
But what was even more powerful, was Stewart’s take on South Carolina’s undying reverence for its Confederate and deeply racist history.
Watch Jon Stewart’s powerful monologue on the Charleston shooting in the video above.