- The Washington Times - Friday, November 27, 2015

“The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah said in a recent interview that his move from South Africa to the United States has been an easy transition because blatant racism reminds him of home.

“I’ve always believed in comedy. That comedy is truth,” Mr. Noah told National Public Radio’s Linda Holmes in an interview published Friday, Raw Story reported. “That’s why people laugh. When you tell a joke, when you say something, the visceral reaction that comes from within other people is elicited by the acknowledgement of some truth.

“And so if you are true to yourself, if you pursue your comedy, I find you will pursue the truth,” he continued. “And my truth is often in and around what is happening in the world that I live in. So with it comes to race and race relations, which has been a huge part of my existence coming from South Africa and seeing that in America.

“I’ve always said America feels like a second home to me because the racism is familiar out here, which is really wonderful,” he said, laughing. “Because I understand it. It is very simple. You know, when you go to places, if you got to Europe, for instance, it’s very subtle, it’s a very different game that is being played. But in America I understand it. I understand the history of black people being oppressed. I understand young people now going, ‘But how is that our fault? The sins of our fathers, how do we pay for that?’

“I understand all of that, and so I’m very comfortable operating within this current atmosphere,” he added.

Mr. Noah said it’s typical for people to want to shut down conversations about racism.

“People go, ‘It’s done. It’s over.’ Because if you weren’t the person who was being oppressed or if you weren’t suffering through a time when a regime ends or a law changes, in your eyes it has changed, it has ended,” he told NPR, Raw Story reported.

“The hardest thing to understand is the law changing or a system being broken down, that’s the beginning,” Mr. Noah said. “You know, so when they say ‘the end of slavery in America’ that’s the beginning of the journey. When they say ‘black people getting equal rights’ that’s the beginning of the journey. And it’s hard for people, because everyone wants to go, ‘Oh, that is the end, now it is done.’ It’s not done. Now we have to start the hard work from both sides.

“So that’s something that I understand innately, because it’s easy for someone to say, ‘OK, It’s is over. Why are you still talking about race?’ Because race is what forged my entire nation. If you look into every single issue that divides people, I think maybe there’s only four in the world and race is one of those,” he said.

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