Comedian Jon Stewart was clearly in no mood for jokes Thursday evening in the wake of the shooting in a Charleston, S.C. church that left nine people dead.
“I honestly have nothing other than sadness … of the depraved violence that we do to each other,” he said in the opening segment.
“I’m confident, though, that by acknowledging it, by staring into that and seeing it for what it is … we still don’t do jack shit,” he continued.
Stewart condemned politicians’ responses to the tragedy that he said he doubted would lead to any substantive change, and lamented the Emanuel AME Church’s history of being targeted by attacks fuelled by racism.
“This is a terrorist attack,” Stewart said. “This wasn’t a tornado. This was a racist.”
Watch the video above to see Stewart’s stirring monologue.