The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah spoke out at the reason why ‘every Black family’ has to have ‘The Talk’ about being stopped by police.
Amid the ongoing outrage over the death of Daunte Wright – a Black man who was shot by Minnesota-area police during a traffic stop on Sunday, the comedian discussed the impact such interactions have on African-American families.
The 37-year-old began: ‘For Black people in America, these traffic stops are scarier than any Jordan Peele movie. Believe me, every Black family in America knows what “The Talk” is.’
For generations, Black parents and elders have had to teach their kids how to behave when interacting with police officers in order to try and minimalize the chance of being killed.
Trevor continued: ‘That’s right. Police violence is such a threat that somehow the most uncomfortable talk you have to have with your kids is the one where you don’t use the word “semen”.
He then pointed out: ‘The “police talk” simply isn’t something that occurs in white households. I mean, if it did, it would be a very different conversation.’
‘”OK now honey, if you ever get pulled over by a police officer, what do you do? You look him in the eye, and you say, “Do you know who I am?”‘.
The comedian highlighted how Black parents had to use ‘The Talk’ as a way of training their children for interactions, due to the lack of training given to officers.
He explained: ‘You know, when you think about it, Black people have more education around policing than actual police. Like, no cop starts training at eight years old.
‘So, we know that Black people know what’s at stake, and have methods of how to handle being pulled over by police. But “The Talk” still hasn’t been able to prevent police violence against Black people.’
He added: ‘So maybe it’s not Black people who need a talk about how to act around the police. Maybe, just maybe, police need a talk about how to act around Black people.’
The Daily Show airs weeknights on Comedy Central.
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