Trevor Noah Asks Why Police Shot Jacob Blake But Arrested Kenosha Shooting Suspect Unharmed

Trevor Noah on The Daily Show. (Credit: Comedy Central)

Comedian Trevor Noah put aside comedy for a moment to call for real change.

Amid the racial unrest across the country over the recent police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, The Daily Show host used his platform to speak out.

“After the George Floyd protests, which swept not only the U.S. but many countries around the world, there was definitely a sense that this could be the moment of systemic change,” Noah began his powerful monologue Wednesday night. “But as we’ve been reminded of yet again, there is still a long way to go.”

The comedian was referring to Blake, 29, being shot seven times by police in front of his children after attempting to break up a fight.

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Noah played a clip of Blake’s sister speaking out about the horrific shooting that left her brother paralyzed, before continuing his pointed commentary about a fear of African Americans in the U.S.

“Black people are tired of hearing ‘I’m sorry’ and then nothing happening,” Noah said. “Because essentially what they’re really hearing is, ‘I’m sorry this is happening, and I’m sorry that it’s going to happen again.”

Noah then swiftly pivoted to Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old vigilante, who crossed state lines and allegedly shot Kenosha protesters — killing two — and was arrested Wednesday in Illinois without incident.

“How come Jacob Blake was seen as a deadly threat for a theoretical gun that he might have and might try to commit a crime with, but this gunman who was armed and had already shot people — who had shown that he was a threat — was arrested the next day, given full due process of the law and generally treated like a human being whose life matters?” Noah asked.

He concluded by reaffirming that the country still has a long way to go until Black lives are viewed as equal in the eyes of the law.

“I’m asking these as questions, but I feel like we know the answer,” he continued. “The answer is that the gun doesn’t matter as much as who’s holding the gun. Because to some people, Black skin is the most threatening weapon of all.”

Watch his full monologue below.