Jon Stewart and editor of The Weekly Dish Andrew Sullivan engaged in a near shouting match over “white supremacy” in America during a Tuesday episode of “The Problem With Jon Stewart.”
Guest Lisa Bond of Race2Dinner said white people are racist by upholding the structures and systems of racism and white supremacy, and therefore need to talk about ways white people “are complicit” in order to make change. Sullivan pushed back on the idea that the U.S. is a white supremacist nation, stating that the country is the most “diverse melting pot that has ever existed on planet Earth.”
“I think it’s possibly the most absurd hyperbole I’ve ever heard,” Sullivan said. “I’m an immigrant, so I have a slightly different view of this. I can tell you America in 2022 is the most multiracial, multicultural, tolerant, diverse melting pot that has ever existed on planet Earth, and there is no other place on Earth even like it. That’s why 86% of our immigrants are non-white.”
Stewart pointed to historically racist policies including redlining, loans being denied to black people, and the Homestead Act.
“You’re a bright guy, like, what the f*ck are you talking about?” he asked. “You’re not living on the same f*cking planet we are.”
“I think you are not living on the planet most Americans are, which is why this kind of extremism — this anti-white extremism — is losing popular support, is creating a backlash, is going to elect Republicans, and undo a lot of the good you think you’re doing,” Sullivan said.
He then called Stewart’s opening statement the “biggest reductionist, one-sided, completely biased position.” Steward then angrily said Sullivan can love the place he lives in and acknowledge the evils of its past.
“Do not tell me who I am or what I believe, motherf*cker!” Stewart said.
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This is an excerpt from the Daily Caller.
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