Justice

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

June 16th 2015

By:
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