'Black in public': 'Daily Show' highlights York golf course altercation

David Weissman
York Dispatch
Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, spoke during a segment Tuesday, April 24 about an instance of alleged discrimination at a York County golf course. (Comedy Central)

The national spotlight continues to shine on York County as Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" featured a segment about the Dover Township golf course that called the police on a group of black women allegedly playing too slowly.

Host Trevor Noah started the segment Tuesday, April 24, talking about a recent spate of stories about officers being called on black people "for being black in public," but noted that the most recent story "might be the craziest."

The show then pivoted to a clip of a Philadelphia newscast describing the April 21 incident at Grandview Golf Course, where a group of white men, including a co-owner of the course, confronted black women members, asked them to leave for playing too slowly and eventually called the police on them.

"Like black people can't win in America, right?" Noah asked. "If you advance on white people, you're a threat. If you run away from them, you're suspicious. And now, they call the cops on you when you take your time. It's golf. That's what golf is for."

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The five women, who are part of a group of female golfers, have disputed that they were playing too slowly and say they know proper golf etiquette.

Noah noted that "luckily in this case, police handled it correctly" — no arrests were made and no charges were filed — and he joked that he likes to believe the police only showed up "because they didn't believe that there were five black women playing golf."

Three of the women actually left after the front nine, before the police were summoned.

Noah was the latest national figure to address the story, which was reported far and wide by such news outlets such as The Associated Press, The Washington Post and ESPN.

John Legend, a singer with more than 12 million Twitter followers, tweeted a link to the story with this message: "Please stop calling the police on black people who are just trying to live. Please. Stop. Police shoot us for no (f—ing) reason at all. Please. Stop."

Police filed no charges related to the incident, and Sandra Thompson, York County's NAACP chapter president who was part of the group, said the police were very respectful.

Shaun King, a writer and civil rights activist with more than 1.7 million Facebook followers, posted the AP article and pointed out that "this isn't The Onion," referencing a well-known satire news organization.