What Every Reasonable Person Believes About #BlackLivesMatter

July 8th 2016

On Thursday evening's episode of the Daily Show, host Trevor Noah took time to comment on the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men gunned down by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota.

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Noah's monologue was recorded before an unknown number of shooters opened fired at a peaceful protest in Dallas, killing five law enforcement officers. This latest tragedy makes his comments seem even more prophetic.

He told his audience it was possible to support #BlackLivesMatter and respect police officers at the same time.

"You know the hardest part of having a conversation surrounding police shootings in America?” Noah said. “It always feels like in America, it’s like, if you take a stand for something, you automatically are against something else. It’s such a strange world to be in.”

He continued:

"But with police shootings it shouldn't have to work that way," Noah said. "For instance, if you're pro-Black Lives Matter, you're assumed to be anti-police. And if you're pro-police, then you surely hate black people. It seems it's either pro-cop or anti-black. Or pro-black and anti-cop. When in reality you can be pro-cop and pro-black, which is what we should all be. And it's what we should be aiming for."

Part of this stems from the misconceptions surrounding Black Lives Matter.

One of the biggest myths about Black Lives Matter is that it is an anti-police movement that calls for violence against law enforcement. In reality, this is not the case.

As ATTN's Kyle Jaeger pointed out, Black Lives Matter has continued to argue "that the relationship between police and black communities could be improved through the adoption of a community-based policing strategy and the diversification of the American police force."

In light of Thursday night's shootings in Dallas, Noah used Twitter to reflect on the seemingly endless cycle of violence.

You can watch the full clip here:

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