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Rev. William Barber talks about ‘how we’re treating the poor’ on ‘The Daily Show’

Rev. William J. Barber II, left, and “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah.
Rev. William J. Barber II, left, and “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah. “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” screengrab

Rev. William J. Barber II appeared on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” on Monday night to talk about issues of poverty and racism.

Barber is president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, but will step down this month to head the Poor People’s Campaign, a new collaboration between Repairers of the Breach, a nonprofit organization Barber founded, and the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice.

Noah opened the interview by referencing the Cornell West quote, “William Barber is the closest person we have to Martin Luther King Jr. in our midst,” and then asked Barber why he decided to get involved in politics instead of just sticking with being a reverend.

“I don’t know any way to be a person of faith and not be concerned about how we’re treating the poor, how we’re treating the least of these,” Barber answered.

During the interview, Noah called North Carolina a microcosm of America, citing “imbalances between the rich and poor” and Monday’s Supreme Court decision on gerrymandering in the state.