As the South celebrates Confederate Memorial Day – an actual state holiday in Mississippi and Alabama – Trevor Noah considered what the Confederacy actually represented: slavery.
Noah, perplexed as to how Americans in 2017 could still honor a heritage based on the ownership and sale of black people, railed against Southerners who continued to support the “holiday” given its racist undertones.
“First of all, the Confederacy fought the Civil War to defend slavery. Why would you honor that? Second of all, what are black people supposed to do on this holiday?”
A few misguided folks attempted to defend the holiday. One man, Jessie Riggs, whose great great grandfather fought in the Civil War, said, “I don’t think about what they fought for, because I really don’t know. But they went off and fought because the state asked them to.” Trevor suggested that perhaps people like Jessie might want to go ahead and Google it if before blindly supporting an overtly racist ideal.
Some symbols of the Confederacy don’t even leave their racist undertones up to debate, going as far as chiseling it right on the monument:
“…the national election 1876 recognized white supremacy in the South and gave us our state.”
While this might seem ridiculous to most people, the fact that city officials who take down such monuments are forced to do so while wearing tactical gear under the cover of night is proof that some people are violently clinging on their racist heritage more strongly than others. Although after hearing The Daily Show’s take on it, those people might finally feel as ridiculous as they look to the rest of us.
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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.