"America has more color in its water than it does in its Oscars": Trevor Noah's powerful attack on toxic water in minority communities

"Sadly, Flint isn't the only Flint," he noted on "The Daily Show," before walking us through some of the others


Brendan Gauthier
March 10, 2016 4:35PM (UTC)

"Sadly, Flint isn't the only Flint. Right now, America has more color in its water than it does in its Oscars," argued Trevor Noah last night on "The Daily Show."

"Take Jackson, Mississippi," where the tap water is contaminated with lead. Noah argued Jackson deserves the same national attention as Flint, "because Jackson doesn't get money to replace their corroded control systems. [So] the levels of lead could keep getting worse."

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In nearby St. Joseph, Louisiana, the town tap water contains high levels of iron. State health officials, nonetheless, OK'd the water for consumption. When a local news crew asked St. Joseph Mayor Ed Brown if he'd drink the water -- which, according to Noah, "looks like Donald Trump's bath water" -- Brown said he hadn't drank the water since moving back twenty-three years ago.

Noah then argued that the campaign process should be longer, "Because, then, candidates would have to campaign in every poisoned water town in the country to try and win their votes. And then maybe, just maybe, things would get fixed faster."

Watch the full segment below:

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Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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