South Africa v United States: Trevor Noah

South African comedian Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as host on “The Daily Show.” In his debut on the show last December, Stewart played the straight man as Noah compared race relations and poverty in Africa with conditions in the U.S. (watch the video, above). Guess who won?

In Africa Noah found a stretch of a superhighway and a shot of children in school that he compared with the F.D.R. Drive in New York City and children living in Detroit:

FDR / Central Africa

FDR / Central Africa

Kenya / Detroit

Kenya / Detroit

He also pulled in a clip of Nick Kristof saying

The United States right now incarcerates more African-American men as a percentage than apartheid South Africa did.

and

Right now the race gap in wealth between the average median white family and the median black family is eighteenfold. That’s greater than it was in apartheid South Africa.

“Africa is worried about you guys,” joked Noah. It was only partly funny.

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