“I just flew in and boy are my arms tired. No seriously. I’ve been holding my arms like this since I got here. I never thought I’d be more afraid of police in America than in South Africa. It kind of makes me a little nostalgic for the old days back home.”
Last Thursday night, South African comedian Trevor Noah appeared on The Daily Show in which he discussed the dismal reality that African-Americans face in the United States along with the ignorant perspective most Americans hold of the African continent. When asked by Jon Stewart if he was saying that his country was better than America, he responded that Americans themselves were.
This is corroborated by New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof, who stated that the U.S. currently incarcerates more individuals of African descent than apartheid South Africa did; furthermore, the black-white race gap is eighteen-fold, which is also greater than that of apartheid South Africa.
Reality is sometimes a difficult pill to swallow. Many Americans prefer to believe that they live in the best country in the world, a land with democracy, racial equality, and high standard of living. This constant propaganda blinds them to the cold hard, truth. In order to solve the issues, we must first not only realize, but also accept that they exist.