Stephen Colbert Mocks Ferguson Decision Using 'Star Wars' Trailer

Jon Stewart also addressed the controversy
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Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are taking on the turmoil in Ferguson.

Stewart mocked Fox News pundits who said the situation was not a civil rights issue, and that it was not comparable to something like Selma, Ala., in the 1960s.

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"If Fox had been around for Selma, Alabama, the headline probably would have been 'Relax, this isn't slavery,' " Stewart said on The Daily Show Monday.

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Colbert hit the topic harder.

 "For the records, Jawas, if he stops you and frisks you, its not racist. Also, you're kind of asking for it with those hoodies," he said while showing a picture of  Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega in his Stormtroopers uniform.

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Taking the Star Wars theme further, he added,"Hey, we just gave you the Jackie Robinson of Stormtroopers. What more do you want?"

He also took on criticism of St. Louis Rams players showing support for Ferguson protesters by raising their hands when coming out of the tunnel ahead of Sunday's game.

"It's tasteless and offensive to see this at an NFL game," said Colbert. "Which reminds me, welcome back, Ray Rice. We've missed you." 

Colbert went on to show a video of an African-American man being harassed by a cop simply for walking down the street with his hands in his pockets.

"Things would be a lot calmer if black people agreed never to put their hands up, or in their pockets," Colbert said, going on to list a series of things African-Americans should no longer do with their hands.

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On the list? No jazz hands, no "I'm a little tea pot," and no "here's the church, here's the steeple."

"When you open the doors, look at all the black people. That could be a riot. You're going to get teargassed," Colbert said.

Both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report were off last week when the Grand Jury decided not to indict now-former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown, so this was their first chance to comment on  it.

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