Jon Stewart Nailed What's Wrong With the Rachel Dolezal Controversy

June 16th 2015

Sarah Gray

On Monday, Jon Stewart tackled the Rachel Dolezal issue with the help of correspondents Jessica Williams and Jordan Klepper. Dolezal, who is reportedly a white woman pretending to be Black, resigned yesterday from her post as president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP.

Stewart tackled the story in a segment he called “WHAAAAAAAT?” -- and specifically he called out the punditry that suggested that Dolezal's pretending to be Black means that racism isn't that big of a deal. Dolezal's story, some suggested, meant that it was no longer a struggle to be Black in America.

“All because of one singular white person,” Stewart exclaimed. “If being black is such a sweet deal, why are millions of white people ignoring such a sweet opportunity?”

Stewart then brought out Jordan Klepper and Jessica Williams to drive the point home. Watch below:


To watch Rachel Dolezal speak to Matt Lauer on the TODAY show, click here