Watch DeRay McKesson Teach Stephen Colbert Why "All Lives Matter" Doesn't Work

“We can’t change it unless we address it.”

The activist DeRay McKesson stopped by The Late Show last night to discuss Campaign Zero—“a ten point platform for ending police violence”—and the Black Lives Matter movement. “I think people are uncomfortable talking about the racist history of this country and what we need to do to undo the impact of racism,” McKesson explained to Stephen Colbert. “And people just like to act like we don’t have a legacy of racism… we can’t change it unless we address it.”

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Around the six minute mark, Colbert asks his guest to help him identify his own white privilege. “It’s about role, it’s about access,” McKesson noted. “What you can do is extend that privilege so you can dismantle it. You can create opportunities for people, you can amplify issues in the way that other people can’t, and you can use your resources to create space for people.” Then the two switch seats to discuss Colbert’s next steps. Watch above.

January 19, 2016
Watch DeRay McKesson Teach Stephen Colbert Why "All Lives Matter" Doesn't Work