Monday, November 1, 2010

Why Does Everyone Want to Hold a Rally These Days?

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

This weekend, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert held a rally on Capitol Hill. The rally focused on the idea of "restoring sanity" in American politics. Tens of thousands of people showed up to see Stewart and Colbert make jokes about politicians and remind us that working together achieves more than we can accomplish by standing apart.
Stewart and Colbert didn't choose political sides, although most polls show that Stewart is strongly supported by liberals and independents.
Colbert and Stewart hit the nail on the head on quite a few issues, like the distrust that conservatives have toward Muslims, and Republican obstructionism in light of Obama's presidency. They didn't seem to dig into the race issue very much, to my knowledge. There were also some who criticized Obama himself, stating that he represents politics as usual, rather than the kind of change that Americans were hoping for back in 2008.

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