With all the horrible police brutality tragedies in the news lately, Jon Stewart turned to his Senior Black Correspondent Larry Wilmore to offer his perspective on Tuesday’s The Daily Show. Wilmore, who will host his own show, The Nightly Show, starting January 19th, offered a poignant yet humorous take on what’s going on in Ferguson, specifically the media’s coverage. Some news pundits have dismissed the racism dialogue by arguing “black-0n-black” crime is the real problem. “Can we quit calling it “black on black crime? It’s just crime,” Wilmore says. “… diabetes, stroke, and heart disease are kicking black-on-black crime’s ass, ok? But nobody is saying we need to get rid of those before we can talk about racism.”
On Wednesday night’s episode, Stewart took a moment to talk about another case of police brutality, the death of Eric Garner. After another grand jury had failed to indict a cop for killing an unarmed black man, Stewart decided to dispose of the jokes and instead spoke somberly about this disturbing trend of injustice. Stewart at many times was a loss for words, at one point saying, “I don’t know. I honestly don’t know what to say. If comedy is tragedy plus time, I need more fucking time.” Comedy in times of tragedy is cathartic, but sometimes somebody just needs to be direct and say what needs to be said.