The 41-year-old British television presenter, who hosts the US-based late night chat show, shared his horror over the “killings of unarmed black citizens by white people”.
The actor and comedian was visibly shaken as he addressed his viewers on “one of the saddest, scariest, yet most important times of our lives”.
During his impassioned statement, Corden called on white citizens to address a problem that they had created and said that now is the time to speak up.
Later on in the show he was joined by band leader Reggie Watts via a video call and the pair were both in tears as they discussed racial injustice during their moving conversation.
Sitting in front of his desk in a suit, James began by thanking viewers for staying up to watch the show before starting his moving message.
“As you’ll all know, on Monday of last week a black man named George Floyd was murdered by the excessive force of the police,” James began.
“If it was a one-off event, it would be an appalling, horrific tragedy that should shake all of us to our core.
“Yet this was the latest in a string of killings of unarmed black citizens by white people. Breonna Taylor was shot by police in her own home. Ahmaud Arbery was going for a jog when he was shot and killed by two men. And sadly, there are so many more victims that I could mention.”
James revealed that he had struggled to work out what to say during the show and how to use his platform to address the national unrest.
He later added: “Surely this is a time for me to listen not talk. And then I realized that that’s part of the problem.
“People like me have to speak up.
“To be clear, I’m not talking about late night hosts or people who are fortunate, like I am, to have a platform. I’m talking about white people.
“White people cannot just say anymore – yeah I am not racist and think that that’s enough, because it’s not. It’s not enough. Because make no mistake this is our problem to solve. How can the black community dismantle a problem that they didn’t create?”
James went on to point out that black and brown communities had suffered greatly at the hands of the pandemic yet have less access to health care.
“So they help society more, but they get helped less. We shouldn’t be just trying to understand the rage. We should feel the rage.”
In his segment alongside Reggie Watts, the musician also detailed heartbreaking stories about the racism he had experienced throughout his life.
James and Reggie join a long list of celebrities that have voiced their support for the Black Lives Matter movement and spoken out against racism and police brutality at a time of worldwide unrest.
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