James Corden addressed the protests going on nationwide following the tragic death of 46-year-old Minnesota man George Floyd on Monday's The Late Late Show, and was overcome with emotion during a conversation with his band leader, Reggie Watts.
Corden started his somber monologue by acknowledging that he struggled to know what to say to his viewers, given that he felt his opinion and voice weren't relevant. However, he passionately said that he realized people like him have to speak up -- specifically, white people.
"White people can not just say anymore, 'Yeah, I'm not racist,' and think that that's enough because it's not," he said. "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?"
"These protests, they have to result in change because when athletes took a knee peacefully at a football game, the vice president stood up and walked out of that stadium rather than see that protest," he continued. "Now, a policeman takes a knee to a man's neck and our leadership hide in a bunker rather than see this protest."
Corden went on to state how black and brown communities have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic, receiving less access to healthcare even while making up a higher percentage of essential workers.
"So they help society more, but they get help less," he said. "We shouldn't just be trying to understand the rage, we should feel the rage."
"I know that I want to do more," he added of his personal commitment, noting that he benefits from white privilege and can't understand the pain of the black community. "I want to learn more and let that be a start."
Corden then had a conversation with Watts through video chat. Watts said that fortunately, his parents shielded him from experiencing overt racism growing up, but that they themselves definitely experienced discrimination in the United States. For example, their marriage wasn't recognized due to laws prohibiting interracial marriage.