America, we’re in deep sh-t.
As Black people, we can’t hide the fact that it hurts to see other African Americans in such pain and despair. It is even more problematic when we are fighting for others to recognize that our lives matter. After seeing so much death, many people are expressing anger and pain for those they may not have a direct connection with, other than the color of their skin.
With all that has taken place this week, honestly, it’s hard to look a police officer in the face and share a smile or even a “hello.”
But Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah opened his monologue Thursday night by acknowledging the brutal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police. The heartbreaking deaths of these two men, both of which were caught on camera and circulated the Internet, struck a chord with people all over the world.
In his statement, Noah reminded viewers it is possible to be both pro-Black and pro-cop at once. He also made sure to break down the systematic issues, and make viewers aware of why the problem exists in the first place. Noah called for peace instead of division, and followed up his on camera comments on social media.
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