Jon Stewart: The New Deal And GI Bill Explicitly Excluded Black People

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Published on June 25, 2020

Jon Stewart sizes up this moment of national reflection and protest, and argues that equality will only come when America makes up for the many ways it has denied Black people the opportunity to build equity. #StephenAtHome #Irresistible #JonStewart

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40 comments

  • Nellies Journals 2 months ago

    One reason white people are coming to terms with racism now and that many are overlooking (not sure why…) is that people who considered themselves ‘middle class’… who never had to apply for food stamps, who always paid their bills on time, who always had a job… suddenly came to be sitting in a (nice) car in a food line and everyone saw this. It got the same wide spread coverage that POC in welfare lines used to get in past recessions… The same coverage that Mr Floyd’s horrendous murder got. “They” (those people) are now “us” and so what is happening here is happening to all of us and we better start paying attention more to the similarities than the differences…

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  • jazz21977 2 months ago

    2:07 No it was the fact that even in dealing with Corona racism was still blisteringly obvious, still today. The black community got hit disproportionately hard, this and the fact that ppl had a lot of time on their hands, let ppl to actually see that, and think about that. The fact that while it’s hard to get tested while white, it’s impossible to get tested while black was a big factor in that. This pandemic was just highlighting a lot of problems that were already there, by putting stress on for instance healthcare. Shortage because of mismanagement happened, choices had to be made, turned out a lot of those choices favored white Americans. Not explicitly, but in practice that’s what it boiled down to.. add to that the misconduct of the police coming to light, also targeting predominantly black ppl, hurting or killing them for no reason at all, the incidents being recorded on video, but was going to have no real consequences to the officer in question… This is what happens. The Corona crisis just pushed in places where it already hurt, while getting full exposure doing it. It’s not good that’s the state of things, it is good that it came to light though.
    Also it’s a bloody shame that it took America till 2020 to get the LGBT community same rights as everyone else, even though just ON PAPER!
    All this needed to happen, it should have happend a lot earlier! Now hope it actually goes somewhere, and it doesn’t just go away with Corona… (Yes Corona will eventually go away)

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  • Sean Reed 2 months ago

    When Stewart mentioned the New Deal, I went and searched it…

    The New Deal wasnt a universally accepted piece of legislation and FDR needed political support for major parts of it to pass. This political support happened to come from Southern Democrats [This is prior to the switch over of the two parties during the 60s]

    Long story short, FDR had to make sure to not antagonize southern whites and as such had to make comprises to make sure the New Deal passed. The New Deal actually did lead to some advances in civil rights but it was curtailed as compromises were needed for it to pass.

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  • Anthony Khisa 2 months ago

    I am lovin the idea of building equity._.

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  • Nashema1 2 months ago

    “I’m in a storm” 😄

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  • rob cochran 2 months ago

    Why are FDR Statues still up? Guy was a racist.

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  • Element Gypsy 2 months ago

    Great to see Jon and hear what he thinks!

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  • Jill Hurley 2 months ago

    Jon has always explained things so eloquently.

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  • Kathleen Sposato 2 months ago

    Back then we were had some confidence in our government and leaders and may have believed that they would do the right thing. We were wrong then. But, now we have no faith in our leaders ensuring big picture justice, so we all have to fight for that. We have to keep pushing forward and we have to include the fight to get our justice system back and outside the influence of the executive branch.

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  • Young Han 2 months ago

    The only Americans in the “greatest cowboy” competition was a white and a black cowboy!!!! 90% of cowsboys were Brazilian…

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  • P D 2 months ago

    Jon nailed it, America only recognizes wealth as power. Only with wealth you can have some equality. And minorities has been systemically denied that access to wealth.

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  • Jose Paniza 2 months ago

    Thomas Sowell

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  • Valdagast 2 months ago

    8:20 Wait, what now? Jon Stewart has never the term “white trash”?

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  • sHAWNkOBY 2 months ago

    Stewart/Colbert 2020! Seriously, think how much better our country would be with these two comedic satirists. This comment is as true as it is sad that our current presidential candidates couldn’t hold a candle to two comedians.

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  • Lynsay Golis 2 months ago

    I am so angry and frustrated by our government, by prisons, by banks, and all the rich MF’s with weekend yachts. When are “We, the People” going to stand up TOGETHER and get rid of this ish?!!!

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  • Steven Angelo 2 months ago

    George Carlin’s ‘rights’ bit has so much relevance here. ‘right this way’

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  • Brian Saville 2 months ago

    Jon Stewart for President.

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  • servant#7 2 months ago

    “HUMAN HOOD”! what? Commonsense!?

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  • E. Ward 2 months ago

    John gets it period!

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  • horrovac 1 month ago

    I just love this dude. So insightful, honest, empathetic, righteous… We miss you, Jon.

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  • Andrew Dean 1 month ago

    I’m so sick and tired of seeing these Liars on tv

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  • Humza Malik 1 month ago

    really missed jon stewart, why didn’t you run for president against trump? fck Clinton, and idk about Biden, but STEWART is actually an intelligent man

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  • Max Irwin 1 month ago

    yeah yeah yeah.. no mentioning of the real issues/ class rule/ capitalism itself which used race as a way to divided the oppressed exploited workers by race, gender etc. Capitalism is the problem, racism is a symptom of the machinations of the capitalist system and the captialists themselves. stop blaming the victims, poor whites.

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  • Heather O'Connor 1 month ago

    The apartheid government did the same. They gave low cost housing and government jobs to poor whites to lift them up. This goes back only 50-60 years but has made an almost uncrossable chasm of inequalities

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  • Alberto Henriques 1 month ago

    This video is absolutely brilliant!

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  • Kevin Gueco 1 month ago

    great interview , this was quite informative . toronto reporting in

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  • colaboytje 1 month ago

    Why bring religion into it? It’s grounding an argument into a foundation that doesn’t work. Human rights. Not some god given rights. Because the god of the bible allows for slavery. Exodus 21. Same with other religions. Keep religion out of government. I don’t need a god to know what human rights are.

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  • Jens Müller 1 month ago

    “And here we have two old white men discussing racism”
    To misquote Benjamin Franklin: “Only when those not affected by incustice fight it can justice be achieved”
    I would go a step farther: Only when those who created and profit from the system of inequality stop perpetrating it can equality be achieved. But two old white men talking about it as You two do is not weird or wrong but a very important step to stop this blight on humanty.
    I do believe, however, that without getting rid of the system of free market as invented by Friedman – which is actually fascism rebranded to make it sound good – without a system that systematically exploits differences in wealth, race, location, and really any kind of difference there is among humans, there is no way this will end. We might see progress in some areas but they will never last until the root cause of people getting rich off of it is gone. And THAT, I fear, will take a lot more than just a few deead black people. Free market lets a million africans a year die of aids alone to make profit. It will not stand back and watch the world change into something human without using all its resources to fight back.

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  • adversarial 1 month ago

    i have respect for Stephen and his show and I love the topics they go through and all but the way he (they) cut Jon Stewart for fucking breaks everytime the conversation got deep and to some major point like in this case about the whites storming institutions with rifles after couple weeks of lockdown….. i mean come on, even if merely arbitrary and not on purpose, this model of minute-long clips and cutting people up is so dead

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  • Dennis 1 month ago

    The Berlin wall came down in the 1980s and yet there is not a shred of poverty remaining in Eastern Europe from its Communist past. Of course America was racist in the past, but using that to explain the present is factophobic and irrational. I don’t even think Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert believe what they are saying, they are divisive propagandists in it for money.

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  • William Magann 1 month ago

    Not sure it’s accurate to say both programs “specifically” denied any race or group the programs benefits. There were barriers to people taking advantage of the programs because of racism but I don’t know that it’s correct to say the programs themselves “explicitly” were denying specific racial group the benefits. There were real barriers in society that is for sure but it seems inaccurate and manipulative to say the programs themselves were designed to deny a particular group access.

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  • Harvey Lawrence 1 month ago

    As a black man I would like to add that Jon Stewart was dead on on pretty much everything.

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  • 104DaysofGoodMusic 1 month ago

    You hit it right on the nose Jon because of THAT moment pause made it more apparent.

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  • sher53sher 1 month ago

    The murders, enabled by our government, of Medgar Evans, Malcom X, and Martin Luther King cut the civil rights movement off at the knees.

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  • 104DaysofGoodMusic 1 month ago

    That was one of thee best race conversations and comparisons I’ve heard in a long time from two great white respected men and with facts to back it up. Thank you!

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  • Making It Through 1 month ago

    30 years ago a young Jamaican friend in Canada was assaulted by her partner. He said, you can’t report me to the police because you would be deported back to Jamaica. However, I went with her to get her Legal Aid. (I am white.) I stood behind her in the line while she spoke to the clerk. She was basically ignored. I stepped out from behind her and told exactly the same story on her behalf and we got the right paperwork to fill out. That now echoes the sketch Jon told about in this conversation.

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  • CoRazón 1 month ago

    Anything before 1964 was designed to exclude black people. It’s called history. Ugly history for sure. That doesn’t change the fact that the New Deal was paramount to help people get out of poverty in a time of crisis. MLK was actively working on a Poor Peoples Party before he got assasinated. Also black millennials and zoomers are not buying your propaganda CBS. Progressive wins in New York and Viriginia are only the tip of the ice berg. Most of those wins were black congressmen and women fed up with corporate agenda’s like yours.

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  • Ralph Macmullen 1 month ago

    THE FANTASY WORLD OF WASHINGTON IS NOT DIRECTLY AFFECT BY THE OUTSIDE ANGST ,DISSENSION, RACIST ACTIVITY ,POVERTY,BANKRUPT FARMERS AND BUSINESS ,WASHINGTON JUST RELAXES THE FED FORKS OUT MONEY TO DECEASED PEOPLE AND TRUMPS PERSONAL ASSOCIATES WHEN NEEDY AMERICANS RECEIVE NOTHING , OVER 100,000 INNOCENT AMERICANS MURDERED BY TRUMP AND HIS REPUBLICAN COMMUNIST PARTY CLEANSING OF INNOCENT AMERICANS ,BUT TRUMP REMAINS FREE GLOATING AND GOLFING WHILE AMERICANS DWELL IN CHAOS AND FEAR OF THE COMING BRUTAL WINTER WHILE POLITICIANS BASK IN COMFORT AND TRUMPS REPUBLICAN MEMBERS ENJOY THEIR DESTRUCTION OF AMERICA GET SMART DUMP TRUMP COMMUNIST DICTATOR ABUSER OF INNOCENT AMERICANS HE SHOULD BE INCARCERATED

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  • Mark Bowden 1 month ago

    That’s why we got the ghettos and they got the suburbs

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