Trevor Noah Sounds Off About Another Black Hero Killed By Police
"The Second Amendment was not made for Black folks," said Noah.
Jemel Roberson, a Black hero shot dead by police, was laid to rest last weekend as was Emantic Bradford Jr., an innocent Black 21-year-old male mistakenly identified as a mass shooter in an Alabama mall and also shot dead by police.
"How does this shit keep happening?" Trevor Noah, host of "The Daily Show," asked after discussing the incident.
"The cops are called into a situation. They see a Black person. And then immediately they shoot."
"When white male mass shooters do die," he added, "it's most often because they shoot themselves."
When it's a Black man, he said the process is too often "shoot now, ask questions later."
"If you're a Black person in America, gun rights are not for you. It's as simple as that," Noah concluded. "It's some bulls**t, but it's true. The Second Amendment was not made for Black folks."
Police in Alabama can't get their stories straight about Bradford, just like they can't get it straight about Roberson.
In 2017, the state of Alabama had a lower Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita ($36,796) than the U.S. average ($53,128.54); and a lower GDP growth rate (1.3 percent) than the U.S. average (2.3 percent).
First, authorities criminalized Bradford and put that out to the media. Then, they retracted their claim several times saying he wasn't the criminal, but brandished a gun, and then that he didn't brandish it but had one.
They didn't call the family until four days after Bradford's death and they still insisted at that point that Bradford brandished a gun:
"We extend sympathy to the family of Emantic J. Bradford of Hueytown, who was shot and killed during Hoover Police efforts to secure the scene in the seconds following the original altercation and shooting," a joint statement from the city and police department said.
"We can say with certainty Mr. Bradford brandished a gun during the seconds following the gunshots, which instantly heightened the sense of threat to approaching police officers responding to the chaotic scene."
Bradford was actually trying to help people to safety when he was shot, said his family's attorney, Ben Crump.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating and there is the officer's body cam footage of the incident that has not been released. Mayor Frank Brocato asked for the public to be patient.
"Show us the video. Your words mean nothing to them," Crump said Monday.
"(The officer) saw a Black man with a gun and he made his determination that he must be a criminal."
After the church vigil on Tuesday to mourn, protesters with a bullhorn marched through Brocato's neighborhood, chanting: "If we don't get no justice, you don't get no sleep." It wasn't clear whether Brocato was at home.
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As President Trump sends troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to "defend" (white) America against the caravans of Brown people and bar some from asylum in the U.S., the history of hiring undocumented workers at his properties in New Jersey and Florida continues to come to light.
Trump has a problem with undocumented immigrants seeking asylum, but not when they are hired to wash his clothes or make his bed.
The Trump administration is creating a narrative that refugees escaping violence and poverty in Central America and seeking asylum are dangerous.
Victorina Morales, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, reportedly crossed the border in 1999 and has worked at the at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J, since 2013, The New York Times reported Thursday.
According to a spokesperson for his business organization, she would be one of tens of thousands of people to be employed by Trump, and would be terminated if she was undocumented. Sandra Diaz, 46, from Costa Rica was another.
Both Morales and Diaz, during their stints, washed the Trump family's clothes in a special detergent, made beds and dusted.
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Morales was initially pleased with her job because she was paid and tipped well, often times by Trump. But her sentiments changed when he ran for president.
"I'm tired of being humiliated and treated like a stupid person," she said in Spanish during a brief interview. "We're just immigrants who don't have papers."
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"The president has been half-serious about stopping illegal immigration by not taking away the jobs magnet," said Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, a group pushing to reduce immigration. Beck said Trump has "let us down in his promise to help American workers" because he hasn't "put his shoulder behind a mandatory E-Verify bill."
Trump signed a "Buy American, Hire American" executive order in 2017 restricting visas, but his Mar-a-Lago golf club also has a history of applying for H-2B visas for hundreds of immigrant workers. The H-2B visa is for "temporary non-agricultural workers."
Morales reports being driven to work by staff to hide the fact that she couldn't legally drive, and that after she presented fake papers for work, she was given another set of fake papers by the Trump Organization to keep her employed there.
Morales had a front row seat on the job to Trump meetings as she was cleaning his villa, even when potential cabinet members were interviewed and when he met with the White House chief of staff.
But that didn't come without experiencing verbal abuse from Trump's staff.
Her attorney Anibal Romero said in a statement Thursday that his clients were called racial epithets and threatened with deportation by a supervisor that ironically, "had employed them despite knowing their undocumented status and even provided them with forged documents."
"We are tired of the abuse, the insults, the way he talks about us when he knows that we are here helping him make money," she told the NY Times. "We sweat it out to attend to his every need and have to put up with his humiliation."
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