Trevor Noah Perfectly Explains the Biggest Misconception About Black Lives Matter and Cops
In his most recent monologue, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah addressed the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men killed by police. Though the show aired prior to the shooting of 12 police officers at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas last night — five of them being fatal — Noah focused on the apparent divide between Black Lives Matter activists, police officers, and their respective supporters.
Noah said, "It always feels like, in America, if you take a stand for something, you automatically take a stand against something else." He added, "It's either one or the other. With police shootings, it shouldn't have to work that way. If you're pro-Black Lives Matter, you're assumed to be anti-police. And if you're pro-police, then you surely hate black people. . . . In reality, you can be pro-cop and pro-black — which is what we should all be."
The rest of the monologue includes a takedown of police cameras, especially considering that a police officer's camera reportedly fell off during the shooting of Sterling. To this effect, Noah said, "Really? The body camera became dislodged? Has it gotten so bad that even the cameras are like, 'Oh, sorry, I can't be a part of this?'" He added, "I call bullsh*t."
Noah ends the segment with a poignant note about the need to admit that there is a systematic problem within the nation — at the very least. He said, "I don't think there's a problem with the police . . . [but] you can't deny the racism. At some point you have to acknowledge it."
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