Anytime someone like The Daily Show host Trevor Noah opens their mouth about issues involving police or guns, they tend to instantly shove their foot right up in there. Thankfully, that is not always the case.
After recent events in Louisiana and Minnesota, Noah took the opportunity to speak out against police violence, but more importantly he touched on what is wrong with the way we approach dealing with it. Here, watch what he had to say:
Noah’s main issue is the divide between law enforcement and citizens. In his monologue, he makes one of the most important points with this (or any) debate:
“The hardest part of having a conversation surrounding police shooting in America, it always feels like in America, if you take a stand for something, you automatically are against something else.”
Honestly, I never thought I would find myself saying this, but Noah is absolutely spot-on. Both sides are so entrenched in their agenda, that neither can sit down to have an honest discussion.
“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 like it’s 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 should all be. It should be what we’re aiming for.”
There is is, the key point: we should aim to be pro-cop and pro-black. It is important he gets this message out to his more liberal audience, but it is equally important that conservatives listen to what he is saying.
These issues are not black and white, and they require us to see the human beings on each side of the equation. Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were unjustly murdered, and it is ok to say that without being anti-police.
Noah then brings up that there was more outrage over the death of Harambe the gorilla than there was over the deaths of Sterling and Castile, and HE IS RIGHT. That should bother us.
As Noah puts it, this is not a black problem; it’s an American problem. It’s time we come together as Americans and find a solution or things will only continue to get worse.