Trevor Noah: We Should All Be "Pro-Cop and Pro-Black"
"The point is to save lives not trade places," the 'Daily Show' host tweeted after Thursday night's Dallas shooting.
Prior to the shooting of police officers in Dallas, Trevor Noah taped a segment for Thursday night's Daily Show on the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. He spoke about how divisive police shootings can be, and how they needlessly pit people into two opposing camps, when there's a third option that everyone should support.
He said divisiveness is the "hardest part of having a conversation surrounding police shootings in America."
"In America, it’s like if you take a stand for something, you automatically are against something else," said Noah, adding that it's such a "strange world to be in." He rattled off a list of opposing camps like dogs versus cats, Yankees versus Red Sox, or using "LOL" versus "hahaha" in texts.
“But with police shootings, it shouldn’t have to work that way," said the Daily Show host. "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.”
He joked, “Which, I guess technically that means you could also be anti-cop and anti-black, which, I don’t know, would make you Mel Gibson.”
"The point is you shouldn't have to choose between the police and the citizens they are are sworn to protect."
After news broke of the Dallas officers being killed, Noah tweeted, "One step forward, ten steps back. The point is to save lives not trade places."
In his segment, Noah touched on how skeptical people are that police brutality is an issue, even after seeing videos of police shootings. "It's only about this. When it comes to Bigfoot, people see one blurry video and people dedicate their lives to finding him.”
Noah called "bullshit" on the officers who tackled Sterling's body cameras being dislodged and expressed disbelief and disgust that there was more outrage for the Cincinnati Zoo gorilla being killed than there is for black men being shot.
“It's the truth. I shouldn’t be afraid to say it: America has a problem within its police force,” he said. “And although it’s a problem that disproportionately affects black people, it’s not just a black problem. This is an American problem."
One step forward, ten steps back. The point is to save lives not trade places. https://t.co/46Nfg4VyUm— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) July 8, 2016