Trevor Noah Isn’t Done Talking About America’s Racial Problems

Trevor Noah, the host of “The Daily Show,” was on vacation when he first heard about the death of George Floyd.

Rather than wait the full two weeks for his show to return, Noah jumped online and uploaded an 18-minute video to YouTube, sharing his feelings of sadness, fatigue and optimism with close to 8 million subscribers. “You quickly realize that while everyone is facing the battle against coronavirus, Black people in America are still facing the battle against racism and coronavirus,” said Noah.

Since then, Noah has kept his online and TV performances squarely focused on the biggest civil rights question of the day, routinely interviewing leading Black intellectuals, activists and athletes on “The Daily Show” while probing the nature of America’s failed social contract on race.

When Noah first took over the show from Jon Stewart in 2015, such a thing might not have been possible. During his early days as host, Noah was largely preoccupied with booking the most famous people he could land. But as his tenure grew, so too did his willingness to dig in forcefully at times on substantial, discomforting subjects. Along the way, Noah has earned a reputation as one of the strongest political voices in comedy and has earned two consecutive Emmy nominations.

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In This Story: George Floyd

George Floyd was an African-American man who died on 25th May 2020 in Powderhorn, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, following police arrest. Video recording by a witness, showing Floyd repeating “Please”, “I can’t breathe”, and “Don’t kill me”, was widely circulated on social media platforms and broadcast by media. The incident led to widespread protests across the United States.

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