For little over eighteen minutes, Daily Show’s Trevor Noah weighed in on the deep-seated anger and the whys and wherefores that sparked off the Black Lives Matter protests across the cities of the United States – and even abroad.
Noah, in his monologue, likened this whole conundrum to the game of Dominoes, explaining that while the tipping point of the protracted protests was George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man who was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, by a policeman who knelt on his neck for over 8 minutes, the momentum of the Black Lives Matter Movement feeds off long-lasting frustration of African American people who have suffered long from multiple injustices, including the brutality of the Police.
According to Noah, what catapulted the unrest was the chronology of unfortunate events that encapsulated the centuries-long unfairness that people of African descent have suffered at the hand of their Caucasian counterparts.
Beyond 15 million people on Instagram and about 7 million on YouTube have now watched this video which has attracted such excitement and quite an array of comments, mostly in gratitude to Noah’s astute analysis.
Below are some of the Instagram comments from Noah’s riveting reflections.
@eastafricanmagic: Imagine going to war for America then coming back home to realize that you are fighting for a country that would murder you in broad daylight for merely a misdemeanor because of your [skin] color. Imagine being in the Middle East to “spread democracy” the one that you aren’t entitled to have. Now imagine feeling safer in a warzone than coming home. I feel sorry for my family members who served for a country that won’t shed a drop of tear for their death. #failedstate #failedexperiment
@patrice1404: Trevor, as a Caribbean native, I grew up in a society with different rules. Race is a factor in discrimination but social status is the main factor. So, if you are middleclass or rich, you may rarely experience oppression in the Caribbean. When I visited America for the first time when I was 9 years old, I experienced racism for the first time. I was in a department store when a elderly white man gave me 10 dollars change after I gave him 100 dollars for a 10 dollar shirt. I said, ‘Sir, you gave me the wrong change’ and he looked at me with such disdain that I felt wrong even though I wasn’t. The manager got involved and after 20 minutes of argument the till was opened and there was the 100 dollars he denied taking from me. A simple act, but an experience that has stuck with me decades later. In the Caribbean you can study your way to the top and the colour of your skin almost becomes insignificant. I go anywhere and do anything I want to do, once I can pay for it. In America, I feel so exposed by my Africanness. I go into survival mode. I recognize that in America, no matter how much money I have in my purse, I know that that will not open every door because of the colour of my skin. In America the black man is not free
@Terrikarelle: I can always count on you to fully articulate and express what we all feel and what others need to hear. Thank you for being objective and always reasoning.
@Auntienannytoni: Trevor…. wow. Your ability to break down such a deeply complex issue into bite-size, palatable bits for ALL to understand is remarkable. Your calmness and thoughtfulness was meditative in a way that is necessary. I hope that those who consider themselves allies in this fight for justice and equity hears you loud and clear, and are able to transfer that energy to those who pretend not to understand. Thank you for using your voice to edify the masses. May God be with you always.
@Johnjohnah: As a foreigner looking in, I’ve realized that as a country, what the USA might need is not more fighting for what is right, but more admission and apology for what is wrong, and then righting those wrongs with the same aggression, effort, and resource as the fight for what is right. Your leadership’s change needs to start from within, start from the ground, start from square one, start now. Don’t hold on to old, big, lofty ideals about your country, bite the bullet and focus on fixing the little things one at a time instead of trying to come out looking heroic. People usually respect leaders and societies who are brave enough to admit their mistakes, and then actually work on becoming better. Admit that there’s a deeply rooted domino-effect problem, and fix all the fallen dominos starting with the FIRST domino, don’t just fight to catch the ones as they fall. Here’s hoping, from Singapore.
@likeabee_ali: Can this be a requirement to watch for anyone who’s ever had an ounce of ‘why riot’? Also, include this in history please.
@Sinovuyomondliwa: Love your mind
@Calebcolossus: Wow man well said…
@tonisinap: Wow. It deserves a French translation.
We have the same issues over here…. the contract is broken for so many years now
Powerful video with strong words.
You gave me goosebumps
@sarahkeenleyside: This was really important to hear. Thank you.
@johntmcg: This is the most eloquent description I have found of the emotions we are experiencing as a community but don’t have the words to express. Thank you for verbalizing the feelings we are all grasping at
@mysilentcircus: Thank you for verbalizing this in such a clear way. As a white man from a mostly white hometown, I’ve been fortunate that I’ve learned so much about the unjust acts committed by those in power in our nation, the grave inequalities that exist, the lack of understanding from others, and most of all the kindness that has built within me. Been a wallflower for much of my youth and I think that has been a blessing as it has allowed me to observe the larger spectrum of the talking points that get thrown around by the populous. I’m fortunate that I was able to take that with me when I moved to Chicago. I’ve tried to stand with the oppressed. Some of my favorite moments in Chicago are those when I take the time from my privileged life –yes, very privileged and I try to reflect on this as much as I can — to talk to the homeless I would meet in downtown Chicago. Predominantly black Americans. Most are great people that as you say seem to have had their contract with society shredded by the masses that walk by them daily. The conversations with these people remind me of my privilege and when I can I try to turn that privilege around to benefit them. When the privileged meet those that are underprivileged, it should not be a moment in which they scoff and turn their noses up at them. It should be a moment that encourages conversation and a willingness to understand. We are all humans. We all desire the same basic things in life. Simply put we are not all equal in this country. To think otherwise is sheer delusion. It’s a tragedy that those in power want to erase the rights of those that are not because of their own bias due to their power. I’m 29 and God I feel guilty being a white American male because of the overwhelming sense of unjust acts that have been done by my demographic in this nation. That guilt will continue to serve as a compass for the rest of my life. It will not disappear and I will not let it. Until our nation lives up to the words we say we stand for, I will let it be the beacon pushing me to stand up against those who oppress the have-nots. I will not claim to ever fully understand but I stand with the oppressed.
@mannyuk: Powerful! Thank you for this
@youreright_: Not just looting by killing but looting by low wages and exploitation
@yvonneokoro: Well said
@htebazile.b: “In order for us to argue that any legal body is legitimate, we have to agree on core principles. we have to believe that the people enforcing those principles are doing so fairly, and we have to agree that everyone in that society is going to be treated fairly, according to those principles. In this week alone, black Americans have seen their principles completely delegitimized.”
@eudoxya.co: This is by far the best comment, analysis of the current situation. This needs to be shared in every home. This perspective has even more meaning coming from someone who’s been affected by Apartheid. Thank you for sharing your powerful words.
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