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The Daily Show: Trevor Noah investigates racism, police brutality

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Trevor Noah didn’t wait long to tackle the issue of racism in the police force. On Wednesday night’s The Daily Show, the host questioned what it was about the “Black Lives Matter” movement — which began after mutliple shooting deaths of unarmed black Americans at the hands of law enforcement — that made it so hard for the country to come to an agreement. For every Black Lives Matter activist, an “All Lives Matter” activist counters the message. “It’s as if this whole issue is just black and — ooooh,” Noah says in his intro to the segment. “I get it, it’s a cookie.”

To elaborate on that idea, The Daily Show then sends a black-and-white team — one black correspondent (Roy Wood Jr.), one white (Jordan Klepper) — to go “super deep” into the issue. The pair bluntly asks sources like former NYPD detective and Fox News contributor Bo Dietl, the Center for Policing Equity’s Phillip Goff (a.k.a. “Nerdy Suge Knight”), and Madison, Wisconsin, police chief Mike Koval, if cops are indeed racist. (They don’t exactly find out.)

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The rest of the segment sees the duo working with role players to see if police bias training can help alter police behavior. But while the correspondents have fun evoking Lethal Weapon and Bad Boys, they’re reminded that it takes more than changing police biases to deal with racism. “We live in a world where policing is frequently the symptom, not the cause of inequality,” Goff reminds them. Watch the full segment below.