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(upbeat music)
(audience cheering) – Madiba’s light shone so brightly, even from that narrow, Robben Island cell, that in the late ’70s, he could inspire a young college student on the other side of the world. Mandela said, “Young people
are capable when aroused “of bringing down the towers of oppression “and raising the banners of freedom.” Now is a good time to be aroused. – Let’s just acknowledged
how dope you have to be for people to keep throwing you
birthdays after you’re dead. (audience laughs) And because today marks
100 years since his birth, I just wanted to spend a few
minutes talking about the man. Right, he joined politics
when he was just 26 years old, partly to fight racial inequality, and also because he had
just been kicked off his parents’ Obamacare. (audience laughs)
Now, at first, at first the ANC fought for
racial equality peacefully, but the racist government
only got more oppressive. In fact in 1948, South Africa’s
government set up apartheid which made legal racism the foundation of the entire country. Black people couldn’t vote, they had to live in certain areas, and they were banned from
playing sports with white people. And I’m not gonna lie, that last part I completely understand. All right, I mean if your system is based on white supremacy, you can’t have black people
dunking all over your shit. (audience laughs) It just doesn’t go with the narrative, like white people are superior, ah! Wait, I wasn’t ready, I wasn’t ready. (audience laughs) In fact, the government
became so oppressive that Mandela and the ANC
decided to resort to violence. They bombed power stations, post offices, and I mean they did it when
people weren’t in there, but still, they blew shit up. And there were many people,
not just in South Africa, but around the world,
who wanted him to respond to the brutality of the
government with civility, to which Mandela replied, bullshit. (audience laughs) – There are many people who feel that it is useless and futile for us to continue talking peace and non-violence against a government whose reply is only savage attacks on an unarmed and defenseless people. – Now I know for a lot of people seeing a young, radical Mandela,
that’s a bit of a shock. Yeah, it’s like finding
out one of the Care Bears mauled a hiker to death. (audience laughs) I mean, I’d expect that
out of Tenderheart, but you Funshine? (audience laughs) But you see, Nelson Mandela
believed that violence was necessary to fight
a violent government. And he paid a price for it. In 1962, when Mandela was 44 years old, the apartheid government arrested him, and sentenced him to life in prison. And what he said in
the docks is legendary. He said, “I’ve cherished the ideal “of a democratic and free society. “It is an ideal which I hope
to live, and to achieve, “but if needs be, it is an ideal “for which I am prepared to die.” Now, Nelson Mandela’s story up
to that point was impressive, but it’s what he did after
he came out of prison that transformed him from
a leader to a legend. All right, because when
he became South Africa’s first black president, he reconciled the country, and he insisted that white people be a part of it. And you realize, this is a black country and he’s the first black president. He could’ve easily just said, “I’ll give you white people
a 10 minute headstart.” (audience laughs) “You guys put me in prison for 30 years. “I don’t even know what a Walkman is! (audience laughs) “I just hope I get to meet Elvis, what? “Five minute head start!” (audience laughs) (audience applauds) So you see, this is just part of why people like Barack Obama
look up to Nelson Mandela. This is a man who grew up in
a country steeped in racism, spent decades in prison fighting it, and then dedicated his life
to a world of racial progress. And, most impressively, when he was asked why he’s not bitter, he had this to say. – You end up coming out of prison, and there is no bitterness. How is there no bitterness? – Well, I hated oppression. And when I think about the past, the type of things they did, I feel angry. You have a limited time to stay on earth. You must try and use that period for the purpose of
transforming your country. – And that’s why he’s a legend. (audience cheering) You must remember, because of so many of the struggle leaders in South Africa, were either imprisoned or exiled, the movement in South
Africa was held together, in large part, by women in the country, and so it’s weird for
me, because I understand, you travel the world, you
understand that everywhere feminism is different, and the
idea of women is different, but I grew up in a world
that was very matriarchal, and where women were the most dangerous freedom fighters that existed. That is true. You read up on Winnie Mandela, like Nelson Mandela was an icon, but the police in the country
were afraid of Winnie Mandela. They were, and we had a phrase
in South Africa that was, we still use it today, which was, (speaks in foreign language) which means “You strike a
woman, you strike a rock.” And that’s what I grew up learning. (audience cheering) Kudos, man. It was fire. It was fire, and a lot of the time my mom would strike me with a rock. (audience laughs)
(audience applauds) – [Announcer] February 1, 1965. It’s the Black History Monty Daily Show. (audience laughs) – Welcome to “The Daily Show.” I’m Trevor Noah. My guest tonight, up and
coming comedian Bill Cosby. (audience laughs) This guy’s jokes are gonna knock you out. (audience laughs) But we begin in Selma, Alabama. If you aren’t familiar with Selma, it’s a small southern
city located 10 miles east of No Negroes Please, and
five miles north of Say, Boy! (audience laughs) And it’s also where today,
recent Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
got into some legal trouble. – [Reporter] Dateline
Selma, civil rights leader the Reverend Martin Luther
King Jr. was arrested today while attempting to lead a
mass march of 300 Negroes on the Dallas County courthouse to protest voter registration procedures. The Negroes were taken into custody on charges of parading without a permit. – For more, we go to our junior civil rights
correspondent, Roy Wood Sr. Now Roy, what did you see out there? – I saw a bunch of (bleep) Trevor! (audience laughs) Proud Negro men and women
being arrested for no reason! – Well now Roy, the police
said there was a reason. They were parading without a permit. – Oh, oh, I’m sorry. Did the Klan fill out their paperwork before marching in my neighborhood? (audience laughs) When have you ever seen
white people arrested for parading without a permit? – Well Roy, that’s just
the world we live in. Black people aren’t ever
gonna get the same treatment as white people, and
that’s never gonna change. – Actually Trevor, I don’t agree. You have to look at the
bright side of things. Yeah, maybe the cops arrested Dr. King and a bunch of our brothers and sisters, but they did it this time without
violence, that’s progress. I mean, 40 years ago white man wouldn’t even give a black
man a glass of water. Now, not only can we have water, we can get it whether we want it or not! (audience laughs) – I mean I guess you
could call that progress. – Oh, I do call that progress. We’ve gone from lynchin’s to beatings, now to peaceful arrests. In fact, I heard Dr. King
is coming back right here next month to Selma to
march across that bridge and that parade of progress we’re making, I betcha it’s gonna be a
fun day marching arm and arm with the police, and one day
they’ll make a movie about it. And it’ll be called “Selma: The Day When
Nothin’ Happened at All.” (audience laughs) (audience applauds) – For more on Dr. King’s legacy, we turn now to Dulce Sloan, everybody! (audience cheering) – Hello! – Dulce, what do you think,
and what are you remembering about Dr. King’s legacy? – You know what I wanna remember? The real Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, not the whitewashed Hallmark version, because every year people
talk about the same stuff. The “I Have a Dream” speech,
the march on Washington, how he had the voice of
a “Scooby-Doo” ghost. I have a dream! And I woulda gotten away with it too if it weren’t for those meddling kids! (audience laughs) But the real Dr. King
did not fit in any box. White moderates think he
would’ve been on their side, but he thought they were worse for the Civil Rights
Movement than the Klan, and mattress stores are out
here having MLK Day sales, but Dr. King was anti-capitalist, and even though he was a
reverend and a man of God, he allegedly had a whole bunch of affairs. – Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on, hold on. Even if that’s true, I
mean that he had affairs, isn’t it disrespectful to
mention that on his birthday? – I don’t think so,
it’s part of his legacy. A reminder that our heroes
aren’t perfect, they’re people. And I’m not being disrespectful. (audience applauds) Just the opposite. MLK was out there gettin’ it. (audience laughs) And probably still could! I mean, if he showed up on my Bumble, I’d take him to the
mountaintop, and the valley low! – I’ve never thought of MLK on Bumble. – Well, he wouldn’t be on Tinder! That man had class. (audience laughs) If everyone knew that
fighting for civil rights could get you some? A lot more people would
fight for equality. Equal pay, voting rights,
and whoever can stop black people from gettin’
shot by the police will (bleep) tonight, okay? (audience cheering) – This week marked a milestone
in civil rights history. The 50th anniversary of
Franklin’s first appearance in the comic strip “Peanuts.” Now, now it seems like a joke, but the reason this was a landmark is that before Franklin appeared, newspaper comic strips
were segregated, right? Black comic strips were always separate from white comic strips. In fact, if you even
tried to put the pages of the newspaper together, the police would just
break down your door, and you’d be like what? And they’d be like well, well, well, we got a troublemaker over here. So, the character of Franklin
was a pretty big deal, and what’s really fascinating
is his origin story. – [Narrator] April
1968, Martin Luther King had been shot and killed. American cities burned in rage. In California, a 42 year old teacher and mother of three felt helpless. – And I remember sitting in suburbia, saying is there anything I can do? – [Narrator] Harriet
Glickman wanted to reach someone with influence. She wrote to Charles Schulz,
his “Peanuts” comic strip was read by nearly 100
million people each week. Charlie Brown, Lucy,
Linus, they were all white. Glickman told Schulz, he should integrate. – Okay, that was pretty
dope of that lady, but. (audience cheering) Yeah, but, but at the same time, also kind of a weird
reaction to a tragedy. I mean, Martin Luther King is dead, there’s chaos in the streets,
and her first reaction is maybe Charlie Brown can help. (audience laughs) For more on this civil rights trailblazer, we turn now to our very
own Roy Wood Jr. everybody! (audience cheering) – What’s happenin’ man? – Roy, no matter who you are, you’ve gotta love Franklin, right? – Oh man, love him, are you kidding man? Franklin was a straight up G! Integrated the shit outta “Peanuts.” – Yeah, and it must have
been a pretty big moment for you as a kid when he
first appeared in the strip. – First appeared? That was in 1968. How old do you think I am? (audience laughs) – 50, 40? 60? – I’m 39, Trevor! (audience laughs) 39! Here’s the thing, newspaper
Franklin was great. Newspaper Franklin was
great, you can’t argue that, but when they put him on TV,
it was a different story. All of the sudden, they
made him a stereotype. ♪ You do the hokey pokey and
you turn yourself around ♪ ♪ That’s what it’s all about ♪ (audience laughs) (hip hop music) ♪ It’s all about all
the calls we’ve done ♪ ♪ You’ll be shakin’ in your shoes ♪ ♪ We’re the team invincible ♪ ♪ And we’re not gonna lose ♪ (audience laughing) (audience cheering) – Why? Why couldn’t Franklin just
do the hokey pokey, Trevor? You tellin’ me black kids
can’t put they left foot in, and take they left foot out? It looked like Franklin was
auditioning for “House Party 2.” (audience laughs) – Yeah, but Roy, but Roy, it’s still cool to have him in there, even
if he had one dance break. – It was every time with this kid. Any time you walked down
the street in Peanutsville, you might run into Franklin
and his homeboy pop locking, and even when he’s hanging
out with his friends, everyone else gets a normal handshake, but no, not Franklin. He gotta slap skin. See what I mean? All the other Peanuts are just kids, but Franklin’s runnin’ around Peanutville like a damn baby Shaft. (audience laughs) He’s a tiny, bad mother– – Shut your mouth! – I’m talkin’ about Franklin. Look, I just don’t want him to be the other kid all the time. Even at Thanksgiving,
yeah they invited him, but look where they put him! (audience laughs) He’s by himself! Even the dog gets to sit with the kids. Why is the dog even at the damn table? It’s cool though, Franklin, Franklin, look man, Franklin, they did you a favor. You don’t want none of that bland ass white people turkey anyway. (audience laughs)
(audience applauds) – Today was a day when we
got some really sad news that Aretha Franklin passed away. That was, yeah that was, that was rough for a lot of people, and not just because of the
music, because of who she was. I remember I used to sing
the songs with my mom, so I grew up, most of the time
it was just me and my mom, and so I used to sing all the songs not really knowing what
they meant, per se, so as a little kid I was confident like. ♪ You make me feel like a natural woman ♪ (audience laughs) And then I got older and I
was just like, whoa, wait, what was I doing? I was like Mom, why didn’t you stop me? And she’s like, ’cause you
looked like a natural woman. You were doing so well. (audience laughs) But what I loved is like, Aretha Franklin, and you see everybody talking about this is it’s one of those examples where you see an artist
who uses their platform to go beyond just making
money and doing what they do. You read these beautiful stories
about how Aretha Franklin had it in her contract
that she wouldn’t perform for segregated audiences. All right, so if audiences
were segregated by race, she was like no, I’m not gonna perform. You know, she was one of the first people who supported Angela Davis
from the Black Panthers. She fought for Martin Luther King, like this is at a time when
it wasn’t cool to do that. It was risky to you and your livelihood. You saw what happened with
Nina Simone, you know? And she was out there,
and she was doing it. And she was making songs that at the time, were crazy when you think of how women were situated in society. I mean, the Me Too Movement has shown that we still have a long way to go, but at that time it was pretty much like women, just keep quiet, and she was out there
and “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” was, I mean I remember that as well. My mom used to say that to me, if I’d ever like say something,
back chat or whatever, and then my mom would be
like, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T!” Then she’d play the song, and I’d be like yeah, “R-P-S-P-E-P-T.” Find out what, and she was, you know what I loved
about Aretha as well, like the stories that she was gangsta. Like she full on, she only performed when she had her money
in cash before the gig. Always. Like her whole life, ’til
now, ’til she was like, where’s the money? She was the original “bitch
better have my money.” (audience laughs) Money before the gig, then I sing. I sometimes think to myself like the guy’s backstage counting it, and she’s doing it word by word. ♪ You and I ♪ ♪ So exciting ♪ ♪ Hum ha ♪ So yeah man, she’ll be
missed, she will be. Everything we see today, in so many ways, in the music, in music, male and female, is because of her. So, Aretha Franklin, rest in peace man. It’s a beautiful, beautiful story.

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  1. Black history not just history Like Trump authoritarian state not just Trump also Putin who is Trump as his Lawyer knows him.

  2. I've watched so many Trevor Noah impressions of Mandela that the real guy sounds like he's doing a voice himself!

  3. OMG!!! I love how yes you report news and issues (good and bad) you have a way of making us laugh, please keep up this good work 💯👌

  4. I get it. I understand the complaint about Franklin always standing out.
    I'm a white chick who grew up watching Charlie Brown. Franklin was my favorite character because he was different. He was real and relatable. All the other characters were bland little props.

  5. hey guys i created this and wanted to share it with you for black history month: https://www.redbubble.com/shop/p/45143601.8DB3C?asc=u

  6. Bernie Sanders marched with Martin Luther King. Martin Luther King was red baited like Sanders is now. Joe B./Pete P./Tom S./M. Bloomberg/E. Warren/Amy K. all in for oligarchs. Follow the money.

  7. Hi Trevor… Ummm… no need to try and soften it… There were lots of people in places that were targetted and blown up… Don't kid yourself. The horrors included Pretoria Square, Magoo's Bar, etc. And no, there is no justification for the slaughter of innocent people… from both sides. I was there, I lived through the thick of it. Apparently more people were dying in SA than in Bosnia at one point. It was an undeclared civil war. With respect, you have no idea of the viciousness – from both sides. I spent some time in the intimate presence of both Mr Mandela and Mr Sisulu… Amazing gentlemen, but a steely cold purpose.

  8. To quote John F. Kennedy:
    "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."

  9. I might get back into The Daily Show. It seems like they're finding their groove now, instead of trying to be Jon Stewart 2.0. I dig it. It seems the writing has gotten way better too since the first days with Trevor Noah. I'm digging it.

  10. It's too bad Mr. Obama turned against public schools and teachers and embraced privatization, something Mr. Mandela would have found very difficult to accept.

  11. Trevor are you going to help with the locus infestation in Africa😇😇😇😇😇😇😇

  12. Hold another concert get your celebrity friends to host 😇 the people out there will die💀 by the millions if they run out of food in the next 3 months😢

  13. For a country that is so sexually perverse, I wonder why people are always held to task because of their sexual acts. A Paradoxical and Pretentious nation I must say.

  14. Black American history is not Africans history. Also it was Black Americans who shed light on Nelson Mandela. South Africans were not supporting him

  15. Hi guy as a Chinese girl , I am watch your show in China , I think you are handsome and humor , intelligent and master multiple languages .If lucky have friend or boyfriend like you that could be amazing ,the life you been experienced in South Africa only can make you are special and more wise .by the way You did great job with your talk show 😎 I love and enjoy it 恭喜(congratulations)🎊🎉🎈🍾️

  16. 🤭😂…. Trevor…I love how he mimics Mandela's voice…. Trevor would be a great history teacher…

  17. But Obama have absolutely nothing in common with Mandela, except that they were both the first black president of their countries. Obama did nothing about the racism in his country. He never even tried. All he really did was sell out the country further.

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  19. Trevor, I love you, but don´t you have the balls to call Mandela for what he was: A communist! (and that´s a good thing!) Proof: https://rightedition.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/nelson-mandela-communist.jpg

  20. Mandela thanked Castro personnally for helping to end apartheid. And now Biden lies about being the one who was thanked.

  21. What a trashy mouth whore! She’s repeating unsubstantiated rumors about MLK and offering her body at the same time!!!
    She makes Black women look cheap and desperate.

  22. Nelson was the first president of South Africa so it’s Disingenuous when you say he’s the first black president because there was no president before him at all

  23. Just re-watched Spike Lee's "Malcolm X".  Amazing how great this film still looks.  And without any of that CGI imagery.

  24. Yup. Terrorism is ok if you're South African and oppressed. Now consider applying that thought to other acts of terrorism. Don't double think. Just think.

  25. When Joe Biden savagely attacked a black kid for swimming in a whites only pool… calling him “corn pop” and punching him before claiming that the victim had a knife. This happened in 1960 back when public pools were segregated right… and Joe “beat the hell out of upitty blacks” Biden recounted was a hate crime? Can someone explain this?

  26. Opening Correction: Mandela's Birthday is 18 July. February is the month he officially became a free man and was released from prison.

  27. Did i heard the word "negros"??? Wow. I like when Trevor talks about his mom and how she used the beat his ass,just like my mom and dad!!!! Seriously it is strike a rock,my mom is skinny but damnnn that woman has a strengh!!!

  28. Wow,i guess some americans in arts are not ignorants only today but since ever.thats image of Franklin alone in the table is not about integration or anything he did was!!!

  29. I’m not going to watch this because I know it’s a lie. Mandela died in prison 1985 that’s why we have political prisoners until today. Crime will continue in south.

  30. Boycott Trevor Noah show! We don't use the word Negro on TV, in fun, it ain't funny! It ain't funny! Trevor! During Black history. You honor Mandela but not Dr. King! How dare you! Mandela wasn't perfect either! And it was young Black college students who pushed for America to support the end to Apartheid. It was the Black college community that brought Desmond Tutu over in the dark of night, when it was illegal to do so to spread the word about Apartheid. You need to know the entire history! And this is how you disrespect our leaders during Black history month. Boycott his show!

  31. Back in the 70s, I heard a story about how there was a problem with a wire transfer of money when some airline (I believe it was American Airlines) was buying planes from Boeing. Boeing wouldn't release the planes before the wire transfer was confirmed and the money was in their account. People should be more like corporations sometimes. You kill Aretha. (And yes, I literally mean I heard about this in the 70s when it happened. I am that old.)

  32. Its happening in India now.. all the mothers daughters all are out now. Cover that Trevor.. Shaheen Bagh is a big story.. research

  33. why are there always this people walking around the show like millitary guards or observers, its always distracting the show

  34. i am from Afrika and love your commedy Trevor Noah… But let me ask u this; why do you not make any video about Malcom X
    this men was one of human right defencer… please do one of him

  35. Fidel Castro supported Nelson Mandela when US government supported apartheid government! Legends like Legends! History become story real quick

  36. Fidel Castro supported Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X! He gave asylum to Afeni Shakur! Afro Cubans are happier than African Americans

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