During Thursday night’s episode of The Daily Show, host Trevor Noah made a plea to America to address the issues that led to the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. He was particularly distressed by the idea that standing behind the Black Lives Matter movement would preclude someone from supporting the police.
“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.” Noah then discussed the evidence of both racial bias in policing, and — pointing to the recent death of a white unarmed teenager by an officer — unnecessary gun use. “This isn’t just a black problem, this is an American problem,” he said.