In An Emotional Monologue After Charlottesville, Jimmy Fallon Asks Viewers To Stand Up Against Hate

"We can't go backward."

On Monday night, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon skipped his usual opening jokes and instead delivered a poignant monologue reflecting on the recent events in Charlottesville, Va. As Fallon explained, it's his "responsibility to stand up against intolerance and extremism as a human being."

Fallon called this weekend's White nationalist rally "disgusting," adding that he struggled with how he could explain to his daughters — who are 2 and 4 years old — "that there's so much hatred in this world."

"They don't know what hate is," Fallon added. "They go to the playground, and they have friends of all races and backgrounds. They just play, and they laugh, and they have fun."


He went on to criticize President Donald Trump for his response to the events. After an initially vague statement over the weekend, Trump made a speech on Monday declaring that "racism is evil," and condemning the KKK, White supremacists, and neo-Nazis. The host called this delayed denunciation "shameful."

"It's important for everyone, especially White people in this country, to speak out against this," Fallon told his viewers. "Ignoring it is just as bad as supporting it."

Fallon has received criticism of his own for not being harsh enough on Trump, while fellow late-night hosts such as Stephen Colbert and even James Corden have openly objected to many of his policies. He has even been accused of normalizing Trump in his playful interview with the then-candidate last year. In contrast, the host's Monday night monologue earned praise from many online, who commended Fallon for using his platform to speak out.

"We all need to stand against what is wrong, acknowledge that racism exists, and stand up for what is right and civil and kind," Fallon ended his monologue. "And to show the next generation that we haven't forgotten how hard people have fought for human rights. We can't go backward."

Watch Fallon's emotional monologue in the video below:


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