Is it Possible to be Pro-Black and Pro-Cop?

With all that has taken place this week, honestly, it’s hard to look a police officer in the face and share a smile or even a “hello.”

As Black people, we can’t hide the fact that it hurts to see other African Americans in such pain and despair. It is even more problematic when we are fighting for others to recognize that our lives matter. After seeing so much death, many people are expressing anger and pain for those they may not have a direct connection with, other than the color of their skin.

America, we are in deep sh-t.

Trevor Noah opened his Daily Show monologue Thursday night by acknowledging the brutal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police. The heartbreaking deaths of these two men, both of which were caught on camera and circulated the Internet, struck a chord with people all over the world.

In his statement, Noah reminded viewers it is possible to be both pro-Black and pro-cop at once. He also made sure to break down the systematic issues, and make viewers aware of why the problem exists in the first place. Noah called for peace instead of division, and followed up his on camera comments on social media.

“We all seem to want the same thing and yet the only way we know how to get it is by taking away from someone else,” the talk show host tweeted.

Another tweet included the message to “save lives, not trade places.”

Noah’s points are valid, and we acknowledge that as much as we want to end civil unrest, the other side needs to acknowledge their faults too. Moreover, a fair judicial system needs to be set in place if we to achieve equality.

Noah’s full monologue can be watched below.

THIS (below) needs to happen:

I got really emotional today …. #AltonSterling

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Sadly, divisions seem to be deepening between the Black community and the police. We’d rather see peace and equality, and not deadly outcomes during protests. But in truth, we’d rather NOT have to organize and march in the name of another Black man, woman or child at all.