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Trevor Noah on Philando Castile Case: NRA Speaks Up, 'Unless You're Black'

For Trevor Noah, the recent acquittal of Philando Castile’s shooter, Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez, is no laughing matter.

On Monday’s episode of The Daily Show, a solemn Noah dedicated the final minutes of his news roundup to Yanez, who on Friday was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter after fatally shooting Castile during a July 2016 traffic stop.

“How does a black person not get shot in America?” Noah asked. “The goal posts are always shifting. There’s always a different thing that explains why a person got shot…. At some point, you realize there’s no real answer.”

Noah took aim at the National Rifle Association, a community that failed to show outrage over Castile’s death, despite the fact that he legally owned the gun he was carrying at the time he was shot.

After showing a clip of NRA EVP Wayne LaPierre trumpeting “no greater freedom than the right to survive and protect our families with all the rifles, shotguns and handguns we want,” Noah added three sobering words to the sound bite: “Unless you’re black.”

He continued: “It’s interesting how the people who define themselves by one fundamental American right — the right to bear arms — show that once race is involved, the only right that they believe in is their right to remain silent.”

Watch the video below (beginning at 4:05) to see Noah’s full thoughts on the Yanez verdict, then hit the comments below with your reaction.

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37 Comments
  1. The Annoyed Elephant says:

    If he thinks the NRA hasn’t been active on this case, then he hasn’t been paying attention. They’ve commented, saying that it was a bad situation and they were reserving final judgment until the facts came out – which is the exact same reaction they have to almost every single non-obvious public shooting, regardless of the perp or victim.

    In this case, he had a CCW, but that doesn’t mean that he didn’t do something stupid. In this case, he told the officer he had a license and a firearm on his person, and then he reached for his license. That was his error. If you tell a cop you have a gun and then reach for your pocket, the officer is going to show you that he has a gun, too. He should have instead asked the officer, “how would you like me to proceed?” Had he done so, he’d have been alive at the end of the stop.

    • Horne says:

      You assume that and we all know what happens when you assume.

      • Patrick says:

        What elephant said is absolutely the correct way to handle something. But the NRA is inconsistent. If it is a white human with a gun, then they immediately rush to his (or her, but moreso his) defense. With a non-white gun owner, they tend to remain silent as the grave, pun intended.

    • Cas says:

      Guess they should apparently give classes on how to appropriately get your license. Why would you tell the officer you have a gun and then reach for it? You wouldn’t. If you wanted to harm the officer, you would just grab the gun and shoot from the get go. But tell yourself whatever you want to make yourself feel better.

    • Michelle says:

      Sounds about white.

    • Jerome Johnson says:

      So @elephant, so if you tell an officer you have a firearm with a ccw, and officer tells you to show i.d. after, you should question the officer’s question/request? Then Philando would have been called non compliant and shot anyway. The guy is dead and you still make excuses. If the officer didn’t do anything wrong why was he fired?

    • Anthony Wilson says:

      I am a BLACK man!! I agree. That young man failed to obey the lawful request of the officer. You do what you are told. NO EXCEPTIONS! Failure to comply WILL be met with force greater than what you think you could possibly apply. There have been so many black men being killed because they failed to do what they were told to do. They also failed to realize that when you oppose one officer, you oppose the ALL. I am not an “Uncle Tom”, I am not a Neanderthal on this subject. If I am in New York City… when I see an NYPD Officer…. I see 35,000 strong!

    • Derek says:

      Or, so that is why he deserved to be murdered. Got it.

    • Jooshua says:

      If a man who you have pulled over just informed you that he has a concealed carry permit and a gun on him, it seems pretty obvious he isn’t trying to shoot you. He didn’t reach for it in a threatening manner, he reached for his damn license which the officer was asking him for. The cop didn’t hesitate to just shoot the man. He saw the man had a gun and just shoots him? A gun the man told him about? He could have tasered him. He should have never been shot and the idea that you think HE did something stupid but that the cop didn’t, is absolutely ridiculous. How much more do we have to be frightened of police officers shooting law abiding citizens? They need to train these officers in de-escalation techniques and “tactical pause” when someone doesn’t pose an immediate threat. Police officers need to respect the sanctity of ALL lives, not just their own. They are here to protect and serve the public.

      • elonat912 says:

        You hit the nail on the head, Thank you for putting your thoughts down so eloquently. I could not do the same as I am still too angry to be rational with my words.
        It seems what should have been done is the man should have been asked to get out of the car before any further action would have taken place. Once out of the car, if the cop wanted to “investigate” this imaginary crime or whatever this man did that was against the law, that would have been the time to do it.
        Not only was his wife the driver, his kid was in the back seat and could easily have been shot and killed as well. But to the cop and to this jury, I guess that would have been preventing a crime from happening years in advance since the cop KNEW for sure these kids would have committed SOME crime in the future as an adult….or forget that….even kids….black kids are being killed by police or police wanna bes.
        Now I will sit back and wait for the gun used in this MURDER to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

    • Joe Steward says:

      in the first place the cop was already scared becausae he said the guy look like someone that was wanted in a hold up or robbery so he aproched the car with gun out ready to shoot so when he wes told i have a gun the cop just started shooting,he told his superiors he didn”tknow were the gun was in my opinion he was to scared to waite for the guy to show his driving licenses or gun premit

    • Lyndy says:

      So he deserved to be shot because he didn’t frame his question the right way???

    • Ron Janis says:

      That is just total hogwash (and I use that word because we can’t swear here).
      He TOLD the cop her had a gun AND he was licensed to carry it. He reached in his shirt pocket NOT his pants pocket. He did EVERYTHING legal and by the book and still…he was shot dead.
      Killed for being black.
      There is no legal way around this situation at all….but there should have been justice for him post mortem for being a man who was following the law to the letter. This Black man killing cop should have been found guilty of murder,,,,NOT manslaughter as this was a plain and simple case of murder outright. The thing that gets me about this is it is all on tape. WE all are witness to what happened yet the cop goes free, What is wrong with this country when the color of your skin determines whether you live or die? A white person would have been let go without having to show either the license or the gun…and we ALL know this to be fact.
      I just do not understand why there is such a rush to judgement and a rush to death by cops just for a person being a minority….both black and all other minorities as well. Native Americans face the same fate, especially in South Dakota on the reservation and in the cities….Rapid City to be exact. Many natives have been killed for no reason just as in this case.
      When is the last time we heard of a white person being shot by police for no reason at all? I cannot think of one instance where the same thing happened. And then we sit back and wonder why Police themselves are being shot down. Karma is a female dog for sure isn’t it?

    • elonat912 says:

      Have you or ANY of the commenters here even seen the video?
      And no, whenever there is a killing of a black person with a gun, the NRA DOES NOT comment either way. To them guns and black people just do not mix so they remain silent instead of doing what La Pierre usually does…defending the person’s right to own and use a gun to protect their property or their lives.
      Looking back, the NRA has NEVER made any statement either way when a black person is killed by a gun. I wonder why that is.

    • Ame says:

      After telling d office he had a lincence fire ham with him,was it not d duty of d office to tell him to dictate how he proceeded with out him asking .

  2. Tomm Huntre says:

    The only folks that can realistically comment are those that were present at the incident AND those that were in court every day and paid attention to ALL the evidence, not just their feelings.

    Without all that knowledge, there are only emotional, not logical, responses.

    I’m not defending either side. Why? Because I don’t have all the facts. Just like most celebrities.

    • Chad says:

      No. You know what happened and you know it was wrong. You choose to stick your head in the sand with “I wasn’t there and I wasn’t presented evidence in court.” Just keep your head in the sand and don’t try to convince us that we can’t possibly know what happened without actually being there.

      • Bill says:

        BUT it’s the truth Chad. But you’ll make up your own narrative and assume the officer was wrong just so you can go and protest.

  3. Corky says:

    The officer was obviously under qualified to be on the force. The fault for that lies with the St. Anthony P.D. However, P.C. was high and didn’t follow the directive to not reach down and keep his hands visible. Fault on all sides.

  4. Jason Anderson says:

    Philando castillo was carrying a gun illegally because he was under the influence of marijuana! Plus he had a child in the car while being under the influence of marijuana which is also illegal, both are felonies in Minnesota! The big problem was he said he had a gun but said nothing about the permit! His hands should have never left the steering wheel!

    • Tom says:

      No cop at that stop knew he was high. If I shoot someone and then we find out a month later that he was an ax murderer, does that make it justified?

    • Mary says:

      Your statement doesn’t make sense. He informed the cop he had a gun. Maybe I am naive but do you think he would have informed them that if he didn’t have a permit? Either way he did let them know. Now whether he was high or not is not the point. The cop IMO was not qualify for this position. Maybe these states who allow for open carry should think twice but I am sure that won’t happen.

      • Otis says:

        If someone tells a police officer he (or she) has a gun, it doesn’t necessarily mean he isn’t reaching for it. If he is high, he isn’t necessarily thinking logically and the officer has no way of knowing the person’s state of mind. Many people act irrationally, whether high or not. I am not actually defending the officer in this situation just pointing out that your reasoning is flawed.

        • Mary says:

          Well I would say he was thinking and talking logically because he let him know that he had a gun. Many people of color, which is sad, has it Embedded in their brains on how to react when pulled over by the cops. I think it was the officer who was not thinking logically. Contrary to what many believe, being stoned doesn’t take away your ability to think. This cop has no business being on the force. Here is another good example on why open carry should not be allowed, but that is another debate.

          • Otis says:

            Most police officers would react similarly if someone who has told them he has a gun begins reaching toward an area that the officer cannot see. Now, would another officer have discharged his or her weapon at that moment? I don’t know because I haven’t seen any video (if it exists) of the situation nor have I read all of the facts. My point is, making a statement saying the man acted logically (telling the officer he has a gun is a good FIRST step but it does not absolve the individual from taking logical actions afterward) is not indicated by what is presented here. it is not good practice to reach into an area an officer cannot see whether or not you have informed the officer you have a gun. It is ALWAYS best to follow the instructions of the officer. BTW, someone who is high does have some impairment (the amount and form varies with the individual). The person may be able to think but, he or she probably isn’t thinking clearly. Most of your points are based solely on supposition. Again, I am not defending the officer because I do wonder if there was a way to deal with the situation without anyone losing his life. However, making broad statements based on speculation is not helpful

      • Bill says:

        Yeah bc no one has ever lied EVER

    • Jenna says:

      If he wasn’t driving, why would he reach across the seats across the car and put his hands on the steering wheel on the opposite side of the vehicle? That doesn’t make much sense to me.

  5. Haz says:

    its really staring to bother me that this is slowly spinning into another black vs white situation. Neither parties where white, since when did being Hispanic also mean you’re white? It also bothers me that any other situation the NRA would be denounced but here’s Noah telling them to stand up. The mother of this guy said she hopes the cop the night he was found not guilty but yet that’s not brought up. Also permit or not why are you driving around high with a child and a gun in the car? I’m not trying to say that this guy deserved to die but the media and hosts like Noah just brush that fact under the rug.

    • Corky says:

      I’m not arguing, just stating a fact as I see it. Most everyone I know considers everyone except sub-Saharans as white. Hispanics, Asians, Arabs, Native Americans etc. all fall under the white umbrella. This applies to neighborhoods, relationships, marriages and co-workers. Not saying it’s right or wrong, just how it is where I live.

  6. Debbie says:

    Philando Castile died, not because he was high and had a child in the car, that’s a smoke screen. He died because the officer who stopped him was scared. How do I know that? Because he shot Castile multiple times at close range knowing there was a child in the car. He panicked, plain and simple. Scared is human, scared is normal, panic is also normal but police officers are trained not to panic and as such, the police department should have trained him better before sending him out to face the public at large. Perhaps if they had done that, Philando Castile would not be dead. With that said, Trevor Noah is right, the NRA is certainly showing bias in this case. Regardless of the verdict, someone felt enough evidence existed to charge the officer with involuntary manslaughter and the NRA should have been all over this case because of the license carry element. Black Lives Matter is involved, because the officer wasn’t properly trained and Castile was black.

  7. CSquared says:

    1. The coroner has gone on record as saying that PC had THC in his system, not that he was high at the time of the shooting. THC can remain in the body for a month or more, so don’t assume he was high and his judgement was impaired.

    2. When PC said he had a gun and a CCW, the cop should have told PC to step out of the car and then use protocol to obtain the weapon and verify the permit. Not draw his own gun and prepare to shoot the victim in the car.

    • Otis says:

      Was it stated how much time lapsed between when PC told the officer he had a gun and when he began reaching within the car? I am only asking because it is possible (unless stated otherwise by a credible source) that the officer did not have the opportunity to make any requests and it is also possible that the officer asked him to keep his hands visible when he began reaching. What are the actual (and, hopefully, verifiable) facts of the timing of how things happened. If the officer failed to follow procedure, he should face some form of punishment. If he did not have the opportunity to follow procedure due to the actions of PC, then it is reasonable that he not face punishment.

    • Corky says:

      There was a dime bag under his seat.

  8. JoviChick says:

    About a month before this incident an innocent Grandmother was killed as the car she was in took bullets from some sort of gang shooting. A couple of days after Castile was killed, a baby boy of 2 years old was killed by gunfire. Until the deaths of 100% innocent people are protested and discussed in the same vein as the Castile and other office involved shootings there can be no legitimate dialogue at all in my opinion. These two examples did nothing at all that may have lead to this to happen other than to be at the wrong place at the wrong time while the deaths of Clark and Castile here locally may have had some role in causing the situation ending where it did. Clark for sure and possibly Castile played a part but I do understand the outrage in both cases. What I do not understand is the lack of outrage for the Grandmother and infant who lost their lives in gun fire.

  9. Joe Steward says:

    if you are black the second amendment dose apply

  10. James tailor says:

    There is only one fact and one out come I knew long before court the cop was going to be let go im native American and when will you black people ever learn when dealing with with people the only out come is for them to win I don’t care howmany videos you have of cops wrongfully. Shooting. A black they willstill be found innocent, howmany case will it take for this to sick into your head.their. logicisnt your logic look what happened with my people