Trevor Noah on 'The Daily Show': You can be pro-cop and pro-black (with video)
When Trevor Noah recorded his opening segment for last night's Daily Show on Thursday afternoon, pleading for law enforcement officers, Black Lives Matter activists and both groups' respective supporters to find common ground, he had no way of knowing that only hours later his words would be even more relevant. At least five officers died in Dallas Thursday evening when a peaceful protest over police shootings turned violent.
Noah was responding to those shootings, the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men killed by police officers this week in incidents that were caught on video, bringing questions, outrage and Justice Department investigations into the officers' actions.
"Did you guys see the shooting that happened two days ago? Because don't worry, if you missed it, there was another one yesterday," Noah said of Sterling and Castile.
Then Noah, a native of South Africa, talked about the way America talks police shootings, creating a deeper divide as people take sides like choosing the Red Sox versus the Yankees, or cats versus dogs.
"It always feels like in America if you take a stand for something, you automatically are against something else," he said. "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. ... when in reality, you can be pro-cop and pro-black, which is what we should all be. Which is what we should be aiming for."