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"If you see something, say something." REALLY?

Jon Stewart apologized last night for not doing any jokes.  And who can blame him?  What he DID do, in the monologue at least (I want to DVR and watch the whole show with Eleanor later), was call out the insane double standard that was blindingly obvious in Wednesday's terrorist incident in Charleston:





“I heard someone on the news say, a tragedy has visited this church. This wasn’t a tornado. This was racist. This was a guy with a Rhodesia badge on his sweater … This one is black and white. There’s no nuance here.

“And we’re going to keep pretending: I don’t get it, what happened, there’s one guy lost his mind. We are steeped in that culture in this country and we refuse to recognise it, and I cannot believe how hard people are working to discount it.”

“The confederate flag flies over South Carolina. And the roads are named for confederate generals. And the white guy’s the one who feels like his country’s being taken away from him.”

We see the signs- the literal ones. The ones that say "If you see something, say something." (I saw a lot more of them in New York City, a not-so-literal sign of that place having been victimized far more by terrorism.)  But we don't see nearly enough of what they're telling us to see.  We see nothing wrong with a white guy wearing the emblems of racist white African regimes; hell, we probably don't even recognize them as such.  We allow the losers of a nearly-nation-killing uprising to raise their symbols of hatred to the top of the highest flagpole- and even as we lower Old Glory to mourn the loss of nine religious lives, the Stars and Bars still flies high and proud at the South Carolina statehouse because, rednecks.

But I'm white, and hundreds of miles away. (So is Jon Stewart, btw- and if he comes to his senses and runs for President, Hillary had better get the fuck out of his way.)  What did I see of this domestic terrorism?  Late yesterday afternoon, driving close to six miles on Sheridan Drive, I was behind a nice white suburban car, with this nice suburban bumper sticker on it:



Cuomo is our governor, and while there's plenty fucked-up about the dude, what this driver, and much of this region, is all peeyoed about is his having gotten a gun-control law passed, including passing it in a Republican-led legislative chamber, in the wake of Sandy Hook.  Are they entitled to their opinion? Sure. But with the implication of (or at least acquiesence in) a threat of violence directed at him, by name?  That's wrong.  I saw it- and I'm saying it.

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yesididit From: yesididit Date: June 19th, 2015 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
thank you for sharing that. i like jon stewart. he has a way of saying things.
greenquotebook From: greenquotebook Date: June 26th, 2015 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I was looking for the 'like' button on this entry, couldn't find it, then remembered where I was. I spend too much time on FB.
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