DeRay Mckesson interviews Stephen Colbert. Credit: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert | YouTube

DeRay Mckesson, a leader in the Black Lives Matter movement, stopped by Stephen Colbert’s show on Monday — Martin Luther King Jr. Day — and wound up interviewing the popular late night host.

Mckesson graduated from Bowdoin College in 2007 and later became the most public face in the movement. He has since launched an effort called Campaign Zero to end police violence.

He ended up in the coveted chair after the two delved into Colbert’s white privilege.

“No, it’s true. I have a show. I have a lot of money. So the fact that I’m sitting here and you’re sitting there is part of that white privilege,” Colbert said.

So Mckesson listed some ways that the former Comedy Central funnyman could “extend that privilege so that you can dismantle it.

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“You can create opportunity for people,” he said. “You can amplify issues in ways that other people can’t, and you can use your resources to create space for people.”

“Let’s switch seats,” Colbert responded.

Check out the full video here:

Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the...