“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah has spoken out about the recent Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings, examining the issue of police brutality on Thursday night’s episode. One of the topics he also brought up was the notion of people being so divided at a time when everyone needs to come together.
“The hardest part of having a conversation surrounding police shootings in America: It always feels like, in America, it’s like if you take a stand for something, you automatically are against something else,” Noah stated. “But with police shootings, it shouldn’t have to work that way. For instance, 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. It seems that it’s either pro-cop and anti-black or pro-black and anti-cop, when, in reality, you can be pro-cop and pro-black, which is what we all should be. That is what we should be aiming for.”
The host continued by pointing out how even when there is video of an incident many are still skeptical. “Why is the video never enough?” he added. “And yet still, skepticism. And it’s only about this. When it comes to Bigfoot, people see one blurry video and people dedicate their lives to finding him.”
During a press conference for the sterling incident, it was revealed that both officers who were responsible for the shooting had their body cameras dislodged before the incident. Noah questioned this by saying, “Really? The body cameras became dislodged? Has it gotten so bad that even the cameras are like ‘I can’t be a part of this. I’ve seen enough.’ I call b***s***.”
He concluded the seven-minute discussion by stating that America has a problem within its police force. “And although it’s a problem that disproportionately affects black people, it’s not just a black problem. This is an American problem,” he expressed. “Because just today, there was a third video, this time of a white kid getting shot by police while he was lying down on the ground. This is an American problem. Everyone is involved… You can’t fix something until you admit that it’s broken.”
Watch his full segment below: