On Wednesday, the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah took a noticeably more somber tone when he examined the horrific police shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma involving an unarmed 40-year-old black man named Terence Crutcher and a white female cop later identified as Officer Betty Shelby.
The comedian made it clear that he did not know all the facts and wasn’t making a final judgment on the case. However, he did point out that the shooting seems to follow a disturbing trend.
“It looks cut and dried to me,” Noah said of the footage. “But the truth is, I wasn’t there. None of us were there …. We don’t know what happened before the video, we don’t know what the cop expected when they got there, we don’t know if the guy was on drugs or wasn’t on drugs.”
“What we do know is this,” he continued. “It seems extremely easy to get shot by police in America, which is not right.”
Noah also noted how America’s unofficial racial segregation is due mainly to poor socioeconomic conditions. The host shared a clip featuring Scott Wood — Shelby’s attorney — in which the lawyer states that his client wasn’t a racist because she attended a high school football game at an all black school just the other week.
“She’s worked in this part of town for a quite some time,” Wood said.
“In an American city there’s an all-black high school and that’s normal, instead of weird?” Noah asked. “Living in a society where racial divisions are so deeply baked into every part of society that we don’t even notice it anymore?”
The host also opined about how racial bias by the police could have been another factor involved in the shooting. Noah played footage from a police helicopter where one of the officers can be heard saying, “That looks like a bad dude too.”
“You can’t tell anything about this man from up there in the helicopter, except for one thing. He’s black,” stated a clearly exasperated Noah.
In what is perhaps one of the most powerful and understated segments ever produced by the Daily Show, Noah explained why incidents like these spark so much outrage within African American communities.
“The one thing you can do is not tell black people they’re crazy for thinking they’re oppressed when every time black people see themselves engaged with the police, it ends with them getting shot,” he concluded.
Noah’s perspective on America’s race problem is unique. He’s a 32-year-old South African native who also happens to be biracial. Being raised in Africa, the comedian manages to bring a unique outside perspective to America’s problems that often gives his viewers some powerful epiphanies about how the world sees America.
Hopefully, this segment was one such epiphany for so many Americans who are blinded by ignorance beyond their own social experiences.
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