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By Joe LaGuardia
In the wake of last week’s domestic terrorist attack against Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Jon Stewart of The Daily Show delivered an extemporaneous monologue.
Stewart said that he was unable to focus on prepping for his show all day, and he did not have any jokes to tell.
“I got nothing,” Stewart repeated, alluding to his speechlessness over the loss of nine lives in one of Charleston’s oldest black churches.
As I combed through social media thereafter, I noticed other people echoing Stewart’s mantra. One person on Facebook said the event rendered her speechless. Another person quipped that no words could communicate his grief.
I only posted a news article and a prayer released by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship because I know speechlessness well: In the aftermath of my own father’s death, the result of a mass shooting in a Pennsylvania town hall…