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Dismantling Racism Begins with Conversations Like This One—Stephen Colbert and DeRay Mckesson

DeRay Mckesson is a civil rights activist and a member of the organization We The Protestors, which helped organize the protests in Ferguson and Baltimore. Mckesson hopes to end police violence with Campaign Zero, his latest project.

Stephen Colbert interviewed Mckesson about what Black Lives Matter means, why so many of us get uncomfortable talking about it and what those with privilege can do about it.

Colbert asked tough questions like, “Why do people get mad about the idea of Black Lives Matter?” and “How do I identify white privilege in my own life?”

Mckesson said, “You know it’s about role and it’s about access, but what you can do is extend that privilege so that you can dismantle it. You can create opportunity for people. You can amplify issues in ways that other people can’t and you can use your resources to create space for other people.”

The best part of the interview was when Colbert switched seats with Mckesson, and let Mckesson interview him about being white. It’s funny and honest conversations like this, which will help to uproot and dismantle racism. Check it out their brilliant conversation below:

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Esther Laurie is a staff writer at churchleaders.com. Her background is in communication and church ministry. She believes in the power of the written word and the beauty of transformation and empowering others. When she’s not working, she loves running, exploring new places and time with friends and family. It’s her goal to work the word ‘whimsy’ into most conversations.