In the aftermath of the Charleston shooting, Jon Stewart says what many Americans are thinking, but what the media and government refuse to acknowledge.
"We have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other and the nexus of a just gaping racial wound that will not heal, yet we pretend doesn't exist."
The disparity he points out between America's reaction to foreign terrorism versus the reaction to Americans killing each other is very real. As a country we spend millions in dollars and human lives on fighting foreign wars when at home we have Americans killing each other because of race, religion or anything that makes us different.
On a regular basis, attacks occur on Americans, by Americans, but nothing is done. There are many issues here that could and should be discussed - gun control, background checks, mental health, improved education, etc.
More than just taking a single, legislative action to begin fixing this problem, our country has to change it's mentality. Right now, we see each other by our differences, and these differences make us scared and angry. Instead, we should attempt to exist together as Americans, understanding, instead of rejecting our differences.
This might be naive or impossible, but we have to start somewhere. And that is the point Jon Stewart tries to make. If we continue to sit back and do nothing when attacks like this happen, they will continue. And each time, we will be shocked, even though we've seen it happen time and time again.
I hope everyone will watch his monologue as he makes real and necessary points about the way in which America desperately needs to change if we want to reduce tragedies like this.