Trevor Noah racism

Daily Show host Trevor Noah discusses the differences between South African and American racism. Photo: Twitter @TheDailyShow

Trevor Noah slammed over ‘racism comparison’ between SA and the US

Trevor Noah is getting quite a bit of backlash for this one. Is he still on point with his views on South African racism?

Trevor Noah racism

Daily Show host Trevor Noah discusses the differences between South African and American racism. Photo: Twitter @TheDailyShow

South African golden boy Trevor Noah is starting to sometimes get a bit more backlash from South Africans. Noah has been criticised on social media in recent weeks for “keeping quiet” about the devastating KwaZulu-Natal floods…and not doing more to help. After answering a question on the differences between racism in the United States and South Africa, not everyone is feeling particularly proud of his comments.

Trevor Noah on SA vs US racism: Did he miss the mark?

While the majority of his comments were well received. It seems some have taken issue with Noah seemingly ignoring the “subtle” systemic racism in South Africa these days too.

“The biggest difference in racism in America vs racism in South Africa. It is and was more blatant. So there is more of an acknowledgement as an idea. So i know its strange to say. But I think that was the greatest gift the Apartheid government gave us. It was there, it was happening to you. It wasn’t hidden… But what happened in America, it was “oh we have to be silent about this”. So people had to become detectives for their own racism.”

Trevor Noah

Noah made the comments while taking questions from fans during a recent taping of The Daily Show.

Racism: Past vs present?

Political analyst Mighti Jamie started quite the conversation when he took to Twitter and asked if Noah missed the point completely.

“Are black South Africans not trying to prove daily that there are structural barriers to access? In SA black people also now see that it’s harder to live in some areas if you are black or to buy properties, it’s harder to get finance if you are black, harder to get certain jobs.”

Jamie went on to launch a poll asking whether there is a difference between South African and American racism.

Some even went as far as accusing Trevor Noah of doing an “injustice” to Mzansi with his comments.

Another Twitter user, Karabo, hit out at Noah for not recognising real-life South Africa in 2022.

“Trevor doesn’t live here every day. The crystallising of an ‘essential’ apartheid racism is a comfortable thing to do. Our white neighbours still don’t greet us back. So we’ve stopped greeting. And that’s the mild stuff.”

@KaraboKgoleng

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