He says that to deny the racism element in these killings should be tough enough – but US cops even refuse to acknowledge they do anything wrong.
South African comedian and The Daily Show’s host, Trevor Noah, has condemned the killing of two African-American men by police officers.
The officers were caught on camera killing Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. These killings sparked an international outrage, with members of the #BlackLivesMatter movement protesting in Dallas against cop shootings of black suspects.
The Dallas protest became something altogether different when five police officers were killed, allegedly by an anti-white sniper who has been identified as Micah Xavier Johnson.
Noah slated the American police force, saying they always find a way of saying how videos showing incidents of police brutality are not evidence enough to prosecute the alleged police perpetrators.
“For some strange reason, when it comes to videos of police shootings, seeing isn’t believing. The police will always come up with statements like: ‘I know it looks like the officer shot the man even though he was subdued, but what the video doesn’t show from this angle is that the policeman feared for his life. … the suspect’s physical actions that are again not visible from this angle.
“Why is the video never enough?
“It’s hard to blame black people for not trusting police in this country.
“You can’t deny the racism. At some point you have to acknowledge it.
“In fact, think of the most racist thing that people can call black people. They call them monkeys, baboons, gorillas, and yet when people watch the video of an actual gorilla being shot for dragging a child, not was there only more outrage for the gorilla, the organisation responsible for killing the gorilla admitted there were problems that needed to be fixed. They are making changes for the gorilla. One gorilla! One!”
Hip-hop artist Drake has also condemned the killings. The Canadian, who calls America his “second home”, says he fears for the live of his family.
“It’s impossible to ignore that the relationship between black and brown communities and law enforcement remains as strained as it was a decade ago,” Drake wrote. “No one begins their life as a hashtag. Yet the trend of being reduced to one continues.
“I’m concerned for the safety of my family, my friends and any human being that could fall victim to this pattern. I do not know the answer. But I believe things can change for the better. Open and honest dialogue is the first step.”