Robert E. Lee’s Descendant
From what I hear, the MTV awards weren’t anything to write home about. But when Robert Lee IV, a descendant of the Confederate general, Robert E. Lee took the stage to make a speech, it was one that captivated the attention of many. And his words were spot on. He called the statue of his ancestor, an “idol of White Supremacy, racism and hate.”
He continued. “As a pastor, it is my duty to speak out against racism, America’s original sin.” Then he encouraged others to “answer God’s call to confront racism.” He was speaking directly to White people, so he made sure to remind them of the work that was already being done.
“We can find inspiration in the Black Lives Matter movement, the women who marched in the Women’s March in January and Heather Heyer who died fighting for her beliefs in Charlottesville.”
Lee’s activism didn’t stop there. The parishioners of his church in North Carolina didn’t appreciate his comments at the MTV Awards so, instead of trying to convince them or working to gain their approval, he stepped down.