On The Daily Show Monday night, Trevor Noah didn’t hold back about the Philando Castile verdict.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez killed Castile last year in Minnesota. At the time, Castile was sitting in his car with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her 4-year-old daughter. Reynolds documented the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook Live. Castile had been pulled over by police an astounding 49 times in 13 years.
Last week, Yanez was acquitted for Castile’s murder. In a segment on his show, Noah called out the National Rifle Association (NRA) for their silence surrounding the verdict, and he also discussed his own experiences with police officers in the United States.
Noah, who grew up in South Africa, said, “I’ve been stopped by police maybe I would say going on at least eight to 10 times, which always blows White people’s minds, which I didn’t know was a thing.” He went on to say, “Whenever I get pulled over, the first thing I do is throw my arms out the window. And it looks so stupid when you see me just because I would rather have the cop go, ‘You’re weird.’”
On a much more somber note, Noah slammed the NRA. He said, “There’s a group you would expect would be losing their goddamned minds about this: the NRA. For some strange reason, on this particular case, they’ve been completely silent. And yet, according to their rhetoric, this is everything that they stand against, right? An officer of the state depriving a citizen of his life because he was legally carrying a firearm.”
In perhaps the most haunting statement of his entire segment, Noah asked, “How does a Black person not get shot in America?”
We’re still trying to figure that out.