Trevor Noah spoke up during his show on Monday to school defense attorney Kevin Gough who requested for Black pastors to be barred from court proceedings during the trial for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Responding to Gough's comments, Noah said it's not a good look when a white man tries to remove Black people from a trial involving the killing of a Black man.
"When you're representing a guy who killed a Black man just for jogging in the wrong neighborhood, it's not a great look to be pointing into the gallery and going, 'Hey, this Black guy doesn't belong here. We should do something about that,'" the comedian said.
Noah also gave a history lesson to Gough, who is representing defendant William "Roddie" Bryan.
"Black pastors have been supporting families in need from the beginning of time. Why are you shocked by this? They show up for everything. Whether it's kids killed in gang violence, whether it's a civil rights issue. It doesn't matter what it is. They'll show up," he said, adding that they may even show up at "your kid's Spelling Bee."
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Comedian Dulcé Sloan also popped up into the segment to give her own lecture to the misguided attorney.
"I grew up in Georgia," she said. "Everybody is a pastor. What are you talking about, you don't want pastors here? Also, how am I supposed to trust a Southern white man that don't want the Lord in the room?"
While Gough demands Black pastors be removed, Sloan is reminding the lawyer that it could be a lot worse for him.
"They could have brought a whole choir in there with them," she said. "If I'm a Black pastor coming to a trial, I'm bringing a whole choir and tambourines and going, 'They guilty, they guilty.' I would start a sermon every time I walk in the place."
As Blavity previously reported, Gough was specifically annoyed when Rev. Al Sharpton sat with Arbery's family in court.
“If we’re starting a precedent where we’re gonna bring high-profile members of the African American community into the courtroom to sit with the family during the trial in the presence of the jury, I believe that’s intimidating and it’s an attempt to consciously or unconsciously pressure or influence the jury,” Gough said. "There's only so many pastors they can have. If their pastor is Al Sharpton right now, that's fine. But then that's it. We don't want any more Black pastors coming in here."
The defense attorney also wanted to remove civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson from the courtroom in Glynn County on Monday, but his request was denied by the judge, as Blavity previously reported.
Gough said Jackson’s civil influence could affect jurors' decisions. He also tried to shame the civil rights activist for wearing his mask below his nose.
“I’m not a big believer in masks, but again, make that part of the record," Gough told the judge. "I’m sure the court can see what I’m talking about.”