Night Cap: DeRay McKesson on ‘Colbert’

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is known for welcoming some of the biggest stars in film and music. But on Monday, producers switched things up a bit by featuring DeRay McKesson, one of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement and founder of Campaign Zero.

During his appearance, the activist discussed an array of issues including the present-day civil rights movement, the fight against police brutality and the 2016 presidential campaign.

“I think that [Monday’s Democratic debate] was probably some of the best questions about race so far,” he said. “We have an acknowledgement of these issues, but now we have to figure out what the [candidates] actually plan to do about them.”

The 30-year-old also used the segment to school the talk show host on his white privilege. When Colbert asked for help understanding it, McKesson broke it down.

“You have a show. You have a lot of money. You have a lot of access,” he said to Colbert. “What you can do is extend that privilege, so you can dismantle it. You can create opportunities for people, you can amplify issues in a way that other people can’t and you can use your resources to make space for people.”

The conversation presented a much needed discussion about race on an elevated platform, and the move is certainly a “baby step” in the right direction. Check out the dialogue below.