Making Sense of Senseless America: Jon Stewart and Sway Calloway on the Mike Brown and Eric Garner verdicts

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To say that the Mike Brown and Eric Garner verdicts are two of the most important of 2014 would be an understatement, and the dismissal of both cases happened within ten days of each other. With opinions flying everywhere and emotions at an all time high, it’s important to applaud the people brave enough to come forward and challenge these decisions by putting their thoughts on the line and in the public eye.

In that vein, Jon Stewart and Sway Calloway, two totally different TV personalities, have helped make sense of senseless America.

Jon Stewart’s absolute shock on last Wednesday’s The Daily Show expressed what most of America was thinking ―WHAT? His initial reaction on Wednesday is spot-on; he makes few jokes, he screams and he is really and truly befuddled… How could this have happened?

On Thursday night’s show, Stewart challenged Fox News and its guests who saw no harm, no foul and absolutely no problem with letting Pantaleo off the hook; “Even in clarity,” Stewart said, “people continued to blame anything but the injustices of a flawed system.” We look to Jon Stewart to give us the news in digestible, hilarious bites, but there’s nothing digestible about this. His voice in this conversation is one that speaks for many Americans.

Sway Calloway opened the conversation on his Sirius XM show, “Sway in the Morning.” He invited two (one former and one present) NYPD officers on, a mayor from Indiana, a political analyst and his co-hosts and listeners on. They discussed how these verdicts could have happened and how they could be prevented, what they’ve experienced, and most importantly, what the fundamental issues are at hand.

On the show, political analyst Mike Muse brought up something that I can’t shake; this is a problem with the system, and we put these people in the system. We as a people have to vote to get the corruption out of our system and to get people in the system that work for the people.

By sharing together stories from black people, white people, people in power, people who have gone up against people in power and people who just need to talk, Sway opened a lot of minds and hearts to what we as a country are facing. By bringing all of these views together, Sway created a cohesive picture of what happened and what shouldn’t have happened.

So what’s next, America? Where do we go from here? How do we mourn these lives? Most importantly, how do we prevent this from ever happening again? We can’t answer that, but we can tell you who we’ll be listening to for guidance.

From New York to Boston and on to LA, Devon Ott has crash-landed her way through these cities by reporting on the latest music and tech scenes. If there’s a new sound, a new gadget or just a killer cup of coffee, you know Devon’s on it. She dabbles in journalism, marketing, social media and content creation for companies like Susan G. Komen, Viacom, NBCUniversal and of course, Hype Effect, all while serenading her steering wheel.

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