Now I know why white people hate talking about race and racism
‘The Problem With Jon Stewart’ showed me what Thanksgiving is like in white households
I learned who Jon Stewart was from Trevor Noah. I’m well-aware how strange this sounds for the average Mainstream American viewer, but I just wasn’t checking for the man. I started seeing him on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” — another comedic host who I didn’t pay attention to until the Trump presidency. I liked “The Late Show,” and I kept seeing this peculiar (but handsome) man popping up from under Colbert’s desk.
And that’s when I figured out I completely dropped the ball on following an intelligent, driven, quick-witted and rebellious talk show host who I really should’ve been listening to all these years. From that point forward, I have been as loyal to watching anything Jon Stewart puts out as I have with Colbert and Noah — although Noah is still my favorite of the trio.
The man treated the whereabouts of racism like it was the equivalent of Carmen Sandiego and Waldo becoming a tag team.
One of my favorite projects to listen to is “The Problem With Jon Stewart” podcast, even though I’m exhausted by the amount of podcasts that are coming out in droves over the years (including my short-lived one). I always learn something new listening to Jon Stewart’s podcast. One of my most recent lessons learned: Now I understand why white people dodge the topic of racism so much. Listening to white people talk to other white people about segregation and privilege is more exhausting to hear than black people talking to white people about racism.
White people talking about racism is a disaster
I listened to “The Problem With White People” first and thought Jon Stewart was onto something. That is, until I got to this video of him with sociology professor Charles “Chip” Gallagher, activist Lisa Bond of Race2Dinner and editor Andrew Sullivan. Damn near everything that could go wrong did go wrong.