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James Corden breaks down in tears as he delivers emotional anti-racism speech on The Late Late Show

JAMES Corden delivered an emotional anti-racism speech that left him shaky and in tears on The Late Late Show.

The British TV host, 41, was overcome with emotion during his monologue at the start of his talk show on Tuesday night.

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He started: "Good evening everyone, thank you for staying awake and joining us on one of the saddest, scariest, yet most important times of our lives...

"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.

"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."

The dad-of-three continued: "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.

"And I have been struggling all weekend wondering what to say to you here tonight because who needs my opinion.

"Why is my voice relevant? There is not one person in the world who woke up this morning and thought 'I need to know what James Corden thinks about all of this'.

"Surely this is a time for me to listen not talk. And then I realised that that's part of the problem. People like me have to speak up."

Thousands have taken to the streets in multiple cities in the US and around the world to protest the murder last week of Minnesota of George Floyd and injustices against black people.

Public outrage was sparked after video emerged of white Minneapolis cop, Derek Chauvin, kneeling for several minutes on the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man.

Floyd could be heard saying “I can’t breathe” and later died from his injuries.

Chauvin was arrested and charged with murder while the other three officers at the scene - Thomas K. Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng - have not as yet been arrested.

The Gavin and Stacey star went on to talk about why white people should advocate for racial equality.

He said: "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?"

"We shouldn't be just trying to understand the rage. We should feel the rage."

TV hosts around the world have been speaking up on behalf of Black Lives Matter movement including This Morning's Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

On Tuesday's show, Phillip said: "We at This Morning are pledging to support, reflect and re-educate ourselves because it is such an important issue.

"We would like to take a moment to reflect, to think about how we educate ourselves, to read as much as we can today, and obviously into the future, not just for today.

"We should take some time to mark today’s message, which simply says Black Lives Matter."

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