Confederate Statues: Some See Culture, Some See Racism: The Daily Show

It feels like there’s no right answer
when it comes to the statues. Do you have a solution to
this Confederate statue thing? Oh, yeah, man. The solution, Trevor: How about we get rid of racism? (cheering, applause) (audience clapping rhythmically) -(cheering)
-Yeah. That’s it,
we just get rid of it. We just did it. (laughter) That was very brave of you. -But seriously, um…
-It’s gone. what’s the solution here,
like, a real solution? ‘Cause here’s the thing, right? People defending the statues say that this is about
Southern culture and heritage. Come on, man. You already know
what that’s about. Anybody… anytime
somebody says something, it’s “culture”
or it’s “heritage.” That’s a euphemism, Trevor. It’s like… it’s like…
it’s like saying you want to “Netflix and chill,” which, we know
what that really means. That means they’re
gonna come over to the house and then tell you that they’re
not ready for a relationship. -Like, that’s… -I think
you’re doing it wrong, man. All right, all right,
case in point. Here’s a guy fighting
to keep Confederate symbols, saying it’snotabout racism,
but if you listen closely, he made it pretty clear
that it’s about racism. You see culture and heritage? No. I see racism. By the way,
you know that mother (bleep) has never set foot
on Martin Luther Kinganything.(laughter) Nothing. He don’t even go to
a Martin Luther King Day sale. Oh, man.
That just made me think. Can you imagine this guy
giving directions in a black neighborhood? Okay. All right,
so here’s what you’re gonna do. You’re gonna go down
Martin Luther Coon… you’re gonna make that left on Malcolm X the Coon,
and you keep going. You get to that gas station that’s got the coon,
you went too far. It’s gonna be, it’s gonna be
the fourth coon on your left. -You’ll-you’ll see it.
-So okay, all right. Let me ask you this then, Roy,
let me ask you this. So, uh, do you think that
we should just, you know, tear down all
Confederate statues? Because a lot of people say
that like it or not, you shouldn’t try to
erase history. Erase history. Most of these statues
that went up, it wasn’t even about
remembering history. They were put up decades
after the war. What we think of as these
Confederate statues are really much more a product of the 1890s to World War One. TV REPORTER:Southern states
were enacting Jim Crow laws.
There was a strong revival
of the Ku Klux Klan.
They weren’t celebrating,
kind of, benign war heroes. They were very clearly, um,
meant to be things that would intimidate
black people and further white supremacy. Look, uh, I know y’all want
to keep your statues, but here’s the thing. Slavery is a trauma that
black people, to this day, are still dealing with. And to have to look at those
statues, like, basically, this is what it’s like, Trevor.
Like, basically, it’s like if a woman got out
of an abusive relationship and then she had to keep
pictures of her ex up in her house
to remember the time. Like, no. I don’t need pictures
to remember pain. You know, actually, Roy,
now that you bring it up, it’s funny you say that,
because you think about this. And people say
we want to remember -the history of the Civil War.
-Mm-hmm. I always think
there’s an easier way to remember what happened
in the Civil War. Just walk around in the south. And if you see
free black people, then you know what happened
in the Civil War. Yeah. Yeah, I’m with that,
exactly. -Like, That-that’s
what happened. -Yeah. But here’s my thing, the problem
is there’s always arguments. Like, another argument against
taking down the statues is, uh, it’s what Trump said,
right? He said, (mimics Trump):
“Today it’s General Lee, tomorrow it’s
Christopher Columbus for killing native people,
then it’s George Washington or Thomas Jefferson because
they owned slaves, so… It’s-it’s not the same, man. First of all,
Washington and Jefferson are known for a lot of reasons. You only know Robert E. Lee because he fought
to keep slavery. Basically, like,
Washington and Jefferson, them dudes had albums. Robert E. Lee
was a one hit wonder, -like the Mambo Number Five guy.
-Whoa, whoa, whoa. It’s not that bad. It’s not as
Mambo Number Five. Come on. (grumbles) On the real, look, look,
here’s the thing, man. We don’t even have to take
the statues down. Like, you see what they did
in Charlottesville, right? Where they had
the Robert E. Lee statue. -Oh, right, right, right, yeah.
-They hid it under a black tarp. That statue looked like
when my mama made me my Halloween costume
out of a trash bag. One Halloween,
she had a black trash bag. She was like,
“Baby, you’re a Spiderman.” Just a black trash bag. Wait, wait. Your mom just
put a trash bag on you -and called you Spiderman?
-Yeah. I thought it was Venom, but she was just like, “No.
You just black Spiderman.” Well, like, I-I get it,
but the cover doesn’t– Like, I don’t know,
you can’t solve racism by throwing a blanket over it. Like, it reminds me of that
thing people do in America. It was really weird
for me to see, -where people drink a 40
out of a paper bag. -Yeah. Like, we all know what
you’re doing under there. Down in the street. But the difference, though,
is that with a paper bag, like, at-at least
you’re acknowledging that you’re doing
something wrong. Okay, well, you know what? Maybe
we’re thinking about this wrong. Here’s the thing. Maybe we’re
thinking about it wrong. All of us, right?
Instead of hiding statues or tearing them down, maybe we
should add something to them. -You know? Like a…
-That’s not a bad idea. Like a representation
of black people’s contributions to history. So I add some of my history
to your history. Yeah, because right now
the statue’s only the white side
of history, -you want to add representation.
-That’s cool. So then, like, we could take, like,
Robert E. Lee’s statue, right? -Right. -And, like,
he owned a horse. -Uh-huh.
-Then, we could just add Frederick Douglass piggyback
on top of him. (laughter) -Yeah. Or you know what
you could do? -Yeah. You could have, like, you could
have a Confederate soldier. -Right?
-Mm-hmm. And then just add LeBron James
dunking on him. That’s all you do. Just to remind them who lost
the war. That’s all. But with LeBron up there,
you got to have the balls. You got to have the balls
on the head. You got to have the balls
right there on the head, -I don’t know. I don’t know.
-because we want to capture the proper culture and heritage.

100 thoughts on “Confederate Statues: Some See Culture, Some See Racism: The Daily Show

  1. The civil war was about slavery, but also states rights to oppose the national government, I’m not sayin lee was right, but he shouldn’t just be remembered for slavery. No matter what America commends it’s opposers like lee and the Nazi general Erwin Rommel for their skill and courage, even if they were wrong.

  2. Morality of their cause aside (I'm gonna get it anyway for this, I know), those Southerners remind me most of the Palestinians: they can't let go of the war they lost, they're bitter and prideful to the point of doing tiny little symbolic things like putting up statues or hurling rocks, even though it actually hurts their cause, because bitterness and anger and hatred are slowly driving them mad.
    Of course the big difference is that racists are making a comeback in America, while the Palestinians are slowly dying.

  3. I like how that guy thought Confederate statues are equivalent to MLK Jr. The people fighting for slavery and they guy fighting for equality are totally the same. /S

  4. The statues should be moved into the Civil War cemetaries. They are art, so to speak. But move them out of the cities. Or create a revisionist museum. . .

  5. The issue isn’t that they are racist the issue should be that these people fought to keep slave and fought against the USA and our ideals and thats why they should be torn down. Anyone who fought to enslave people should not have a statue in America no matter what race or group of people they enslaved.

  6. Nobody shits on white people better then the Daily Show. Thumbs up!

  7. Wait a minute, stores have a Martin Luther King Jr. Day sales, and no one told me

  8. Well, Christopher Columbus, Jefferson, and Washington were all shitty people anyway.

  9. I wish everyone knew that the Confederacy was extremely diverse. African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, Irish, Jews, Native Americans, French Algerians, and Cubans fought for the Confederacy.

    Like Stand Watie, Loretta Velasquez, Santos Benavides, Moses Ezekiel, Marlboro Jones, and W.S Lewis.

  10. @2:40 its the baby of Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Keitel! Seriously though, taking down / updating public statues is modernizing. Roy's not trying to change what's in school textbooks.

  11. Why do "nationalist" Americans support these southern traitors. They are bloody TRAITORS

  12. Imagine germany having statue of hitler everywhere and citizen carrying swastika to uphold their culture. Japan is taking flak from china and south korea every year when their prime minister go pay tribute to shrine where their war criminal are laid to rest.

  13. Supporting agent orange #45 does make one a racist. Look at his cabinet, old white men who are racist. His actions speak for itself. A rabid wolf in sheep's clothing gone wild.

  14. America is owned by foreign interest now, they (those who sold America out) has convinced black Americans that removing the statues is because they care much about how blacks were treated,and now all these years later they feel ashamed. Yeah right! The true agenda will come out soon enough.

  15. Removing Confederate statue isn't removing history, it's removing the glorification of the Confederates.
    Failing to teach kids about what the Confederacy really represented, now that's removing history.

  16. Still no poor neutral white farmer point of veiw shown. To show thst in a statue have a black, a union, and a confderte soldier all point their guns at starving southwrn farmers casuse everyone screwed them over

  17. Let's just put plaques on the statues that say stuff like, "He was a glorious general until that time he completely lost. What a loser, this is what a loser looks like. This man got all kinds of mother's sons killed and then didn't even win. Actually, he's still losing. Slaves are still free and the south is still part of the USA." There is no Confederacy. Only a few loser traitors the US left. Traitors that also support that other loser, Hitler..

  18. ❤️ Trevor Noah….and how he talks about important topics. He’s always on point!

  19. Racism will never be over as long as there is white people and black people there will always be racism

  20. Read an extremely odd phrase in the comments here: Active Racist. Wth is that? Do we have hibernating or dormant racists around? I live in the middle of the 417, Fed Government warns don't travel to if you are…, bible belt buckle, how do I even come from here Southwest Mo. I'm a non-repub, don't touch me there, don't put that there, mind yo damn business, VOTED FOR B. 2 times and most of y'all are crazy nuts. Travel, learn some shht, see some things, make friends with people outside of your tiny world. It's a huge Earth.

  21. In Berlin they have a nice way of remembering the murdered Jews; plaques on the ground in front of houses, with their names on, or signs on the street about "the awful Jews", just to remember the darker side of their history and acknowledge it that way.
    I'm not American nor black, so it'll has to be their decision, but it doesn't seem like a bad idea to add statues of famous black people, and of slaves around the states. It would certainly be better than the whole "sweep it under the blanket, it's over now" attitude.

  22. How are black people in America still dealing with slavery today. And anyone can find a stupid person form any group of people. And just to remind you dump fucks hundred of thousands of white people died in the civil war for your freedom. And if not for white people fighting for your freedom. You would be still slaves.

  23. The Confederacy fought a very bloody war against the United States, and lost. Propaganda for a hostile war enemy is treason, whether it´s nation is dissolved or not. Everyone showing a confederate flag should be arrested and inquired as to their intent, by the FBI!

  24. I know that have nothing to do with the video but it would be amazing if Idris Alba could play Superman

  25. To all the conservatives who scream and shit on participation trophies,,that’s exactly what confederate statues are. Glorified participation trophies.

  26. Don't stop at just Confederate statues, destroy the mount Rushmore monument, All of them!!! They all are RACIST as well.

    Don't like it?
    Tough shit,your alternative? Total FUCKING WAR!
    Get with OUR,program or get BURIED under OUR STREETS!

  28. Guys i'm really sorry but if we use that logic then Washington's statues should be removed too

  29. This seems like a between the scenes but as an actual scripted scene. It's really good!

  30. That old racist the racist out there probably call the king street that all the time them fools

  31. Southern culture of looosssing wars. 💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥

  32. Like it or not. Accept it or not: America is a White Country. So White relics are going to be held as historic – No matter how hurtful their past is…

    Yet, they dismantled The Black Panthers…

  33. We – sadly – live in a country where it is more favorable and acceptable to wave a Gay Flag than a Confederate One…

  34. You can’t wear a Red bandana. You can’t wear a Blue bandana. But if you wear a red, blue, yellow, green, orange, sky blue and purple bandana, you’re OK…

  35. Ok but people alive today have never been Slaves… I’ve never owned a slave I never would.. you can’t say you’re still suffering from the effects of slavery when you’ve never experienced it

  36. Racism will never be eradicated in the USA. Thank God. It will always stay around. Deal with it.

  37. Everything that happened is history so why not celebration war genocide, slavery The, confederacy were all people whole committed treason, why not celebrate Hitler because he was in our history , what about our most dangerous criminals they are also part of history, rape, murder ,kidnapping, genocide (slavery) should be celebrated because of heritage.

  38. People that see "culture" when they look at Confederate Monuments, ARE RACISTS!

  39. Keeping confederate statues around is like keeping your hand on the stove in order to remember it's hot.

  40. Yeah I'm going to listen to some black dude that hates everyone about the culture in the heritage of the South. What a bunch of dumbasses

  41. This conversation is such a joke. Why can't they just leave the South alone and leave their Heritage alone. A huge percentage of blacks in the United States are criminals Liars thieves rapists murderers you name it. Far as I'm concerned slavery should still be alive

  42. Blacks are the biggest racist that we have in the country next to our liberal left

  43. At 3:20, “I don’t need pictures to remember pain.” Great quote Roy!

  44. How many Hitler statues are in Germany? What's the difference?

  45. When he said Robert e lee was fighting for slavery that really pissed me off because he his clearly showing that he does not understand the history behind him as a whole, especially since he didn't mention that he was fighting for his state. I swear these kijnd of people leave me speechless and feel bad of how stupid/ignorant they really are.

  46. The bag helps tha 40 stay cold longer, I mean we drink them on a/any corner 🤪👊🏽😎

  47. I see History! That was the way it was THEN, this is NOW! You Democrats need to stop dividing the country. YOU ARE THE PROBLEM!

    Simple question, "If you don't love America, why don't you LEAVE"? With your rotten attitude, you are not wanted here either. You are free to GET OUT! 
    Our History will NEVER be washed away. I'm sure you will try, and you will again LOSE. Your party is run by losers who worships only the almighty dollar. Wrong strategy. You'll see. My President will Make America Great Again. When is "Again"? History will only tell! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

  48. Confederate statues are for a lost cause of traitors to the USA

  49. I don’t think the statues should be torn down because it’s history and it’s better to look at it and remember the horrors that went on in the south than to forget. It’s kinda the same as with Auschwitz. It represents something bad but we can look at it and remember the horrors. The only problem is that these are statues which are made to honor someone so I still get it if someone wants to tear them down. A statue honoring someone isn’t the same as Auschwitz, but at least consider if the statues are important to remember history.

  50. Fun fact: a) Blacks were sold as slaves by other blacks in Africa. The black slaves who were sent to America where already slaves in Africa.
    b) White people fought among themselves to free black people. Black freedom was awarded to blacks. It's not like blacks fought and won their freedom themselves. So, why is that no black person would never ever thank any white person(who fought fellow whites to abolish slavery) for their freedom?

    c) Black slaves were offered chances to return to Africa and they refused owing to the bloodshed and tribal wars that is the reality to this very day…

  51. really if the statue really is a culture thing and history then just put them in a museum

  52. I know this muthafucka never set foot on a cotton field and he sits there and tells me he is affected by what his great great grandmother who hes never seen had to go through, if you wanna know the truth hes great at playin a pitty whore

  53. This is THE only fucking kountry that has monuments celebrating an enemy gubment, that got it's ass kicked in a war. I mean do you see statues of FDR in Japan? Let's see what would happen if southern Blacks put up statues to celebrate Afrikan-Murikans that tried to get slave rebellions started. How many saltines would like to see a statue of Nat Turner or Denmark Vessey?

  54. Just wanted to add that Robert E. Lee was fully against slavery and was urging for Virginia to join the North. The largest if not only reason he fought for the South is because he morally couldn't fight against his home state of Virginia.

  55. If we need statues to "remember the heritage" then we need" white men SCALPING native Americans, white men killing Japanese men, white men fighting Osma bin laden in front of where these HEINOUS acts occurred!. OR we could STOP the BULLSHIT and remove the damn statues of the LOSERS of the civil war, it IS ALL about racism.

  56. Try reading a book and perhaps you all could make it out of that dilapidated ass town. Possum eating kissing cousins. Read a book or take a bath, you know, try something new 😂

  57. it blows my mind that people still think that the confederacy embodies slavery and racism. 99% of the confederates had no slaves and the war was not about slaves. the confederates were not evil, and they were only fighting for their home and family. robert e lee was definitely not fighting for racism. in fact, robert e lee was going to join the union, but he couldnt stand to fight against virginia(where his home and family were)

  58. “Slavery is a political evil in every country.” – Robert E Lee

    “We’re fighting for independence, not slavery.” – Confederate President Davis

    “”African Americans deserve the right to vote.” – Confederate Colonel Ford

    “White troops should solute black soldiers.” – Confederate Major Castleman

  59. 70% of the Confederacy didn’t have slavery. The north had 5 slave states. The founding fathers owned slaves.

    “I will never raise my sword against Virginia.” – Robert E Lee

    These two idiots don’t know history

  60. The daughters of the Confederacy were, and still are, responsible for all of those statues that were erected decades after the civil war. The KKK, and other hate groups, are all who stand in the way of getting all those statues removed and destroyed. Intimidation is the main reason these monuments exist. You cannot love those who hate others for no good reason. I call upon the curse of GOD, the Angels in heaven, and the whole of humanity against all white supremacists and other horrible sub-human haters of non-white people. The world is in the hands of the most suicidal maniacs ever to walk the face of the Earth. Truly these people cannot see themselves living in a world where they are not in control of its affairs!!! I'm just saying.

  61. Wanna remember what happened during the Civil War? How about pay better attention in History class next time and check out a Civil war book from the local library. Put up a statue and a lot of people are going to freak the fuck out.

  62. To my understanding after the Civil War. Robert E Lee wet to church with blacks.

  63. But Robert e lee was an active voice against slavery who only joined the confederacy as his close family were joint. He did own slaves yes but was am active voice in trying to end slavery

  64. You don't erase history because statues are not there to record history in the first place. We have no statues of Hitler in Germany, yet somehow we know quite a lot about the guy

  65. It's about history coming from people who couldn't keep a conversation about said history they're trying to preserve.

  66. Take all the statues down and put a monument explaining why…… The southern socialites who created the idea of a southern culture with this glamorous past created a fictional "golden age" of sophistication etc when in fact the southern slave culture was an oppressive regime that treated fellow humans worse than beasts of burden.
    We can teach the children better in our public schools about racism and how it is a virus in this current culture….

  67. if you’re proud that your history and heritage involves racists and slave owners, you’re just awful

  68. In my city almost all the black schools are named after these guys. I live in Florida Confederate flag central. They are a bunch of pussies, because we all got GUNS now 😂😈🤷🏾‍♀️

  69. They want to remember their history yet don't want the Cosby show on TV. Let that sink in.

  70. I just don't get how these peoples brains work. You've got people not so secretly missing slavery, but also complaining about foreigners stealing their jobs because they work for too cheap. How does that add up in their heads? What do they think will happen to jobs if slavery comes back? So on top of being morally bankrupt, they also can't think things through.

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