Last night, Stephen Colbert hosted leading Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson on the Late Show, diving right into a serious discussion of racial justice, the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and white privilege.

"I might be the whitest person you've ever met," Colbert professed, "So I might have the most privilege of any white person you've ever met."

"It's about role, and it's about access, and what you can do is extend that privilege so that you can dismantle it, right?" Mckesson replied. "So 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 people." On that note, Colbert demanded Mckesson take over at his hosting desk.

Colbert and Mckesson began with a discussion of just how "woke" Beyonce truly is, before talking more seriously about the Black Lives Matter movement. Mckesson suggested that "People are uncomfortable talking about the racist history of this country, and what we need to do to undo the impact of racism. And people would just like to act like we don't have a legacy of racism here." Mckesson also took on the typical "all lives matter" retort, dismissing it out of hand as a distraction.

In the past, Colbert has been publicly supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement, and was seen wearing a BLM wristband on-air last fall—a move that got plenty of racists good and bothered. "Somebody in my audience asked me if I'd wear a Black Lives Matter bracelet. And so I put it on, and you would have think [sic] I slapped a baby," Colbert remarked.

Mckesson also explained his new Campaign Zero, a 10-point push to end police violence through measures like restructuring cop union contracts, body cameras, demilitarization, and an end to Broken Windows-style policing.

It may be impossible to know how many viewers truly took Colbert and Mckesson's discussion to heart, and some reports even suggest that CBS has lost many right-leaning viewers on account of Colbert's politics, but the fact that the Late Show's new host chose to speak at length about the nuanced problems of police brutality and racial discrimination during airtime formerly devoted to "Top 10" lists is surely an admirable step in the right direction.