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  • Even though "The Tonight Show" isn't a political show,

  • it's my responsibility to stand up against intolerance

  • and extremism as a human being.

  • What happened over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia,

  • was just disgusting.

  • I was watching the news like everyone else,

  • and you're seeing, like, Nazi flags and torches

  • and white supremacists, and I was sick to my stomach.

  • My daughters are in the next room playing, and I'm thinking,

  • how can I explain to them that there's so much hatred

  • in this world?

  • They're 2 years old and 4 years old.

  • They don't know what hate is.

  • They go to the playground

  • and they have friends of all races and backgrounds.

  • They just play and they laugh and they have fun.

  • But as kids grow up, they need people to look up to,

  • to show them what's right and good.

  • They need parents and teachers, and they need leaders who appeal

  • to the best in us.

  • The fact that it took the President two days

  • to come out and clearly denounce racists and white supremacists

  • is shameful, and I think he finally spoke out

  • because people everywhere stood up and said something.

  • It's important for everyone, especially white people

  • in this country, to speak out against this.

  • Ignoring it is just as bad as supporting it.

  • And remember, there are people who have given their lives

  • to make sure this kind of hate doesn't spread.

  • They fought and died on the right side of history.

  • One brave woman in Charlottesville,

  • Heather Heyer, died standing up for what's right

  • at the age of 32.

  • I can't look at my beautiful, growing, curious daughters

  • and say nothing when this kind of thing is happening.

  • We all need to stand against what is wrong,

  • acknowledge that racism exists,

  • and stand up for what is right and civil and kind,

  • and to show the next generation

  • that we haven't forgotten how hard people have fought

  • for human rights.

  • We cannot do this.

  • We can't go backward.

  • We can't go backward.

  • Thank you all for watching and listening.

  • This is "The Tonight Show," and we'll be right back.

Even though "The Tonight Show" isn't a political show,

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Jimmy Fallon Addresses the Events in Charlottesville

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