*“The Nightly Show’s” Larry Wilmore on Thursday took aim at Fox News and conservative pundits who refuse to accept the role of racism in the shooting deaths of nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday.
Wilmore took issue with Fox pundits who attempt to paint Dylann Roof’s shooting spree as an attack on religion, rather than an attack on African Americans.
“I know we talk about race a lot on this show, but I think we can all agree, this time, that this was a racially motivated attack,” Wilmore said.
But the coverage on Fox News, and comments from some conservative politicians, “just makes my f–king head explode,” Wilmore said.
Wilmore then ran a montage of comments from Fox pundits discussing that perhaps Roof is more anti-religion than anti-black.
“I know you guys don’t want to admit racial stuff isn’t going on, but how can there be any doubt when it came out of the gunman’s month,” Wilmore asked, before replaying the report of what the gunman said. “He told his victims ‘I want to shoot black people.’ I think when he says ‘black people’ he means black people, and not Christians.”
Wilmore also called out GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s comments about the shooting before shifting over into a discussion on the history of the church at which the shootings took place.
Wilmore’s panel on Thursday night also tackled the shooting and violence in America at large.
Watch both the opening monologue and panel below:
As previously reported, Jon Stewart addressed the church shootings on “The Daily Show” through a monologue intro after telling the audience that the tragedy left him too numb to prepare a proper show.
Below, Wilmore tells us what he’s learned from Stewart while working on “The Daily Show” as its Senior Black Correspondent: