General Robert Lee's Descendant Makes Shocking Statement At VMAs

A direct descendant of Robert E. Lee made a surprise appearance at MTV's Video Music Awards. The distant relative linked the Confederacy’s top general to “America’s original sin” of slavery.

TMZ reported that Rev. Robert Lee IV strongly condemned bigotry when he appeared on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards show. “We have made my ancestor an idol of white supremacy, racism and hate,” he declared. “As a pastor, it is my moral duty to speak out against racism, America’s original sin. Today, I call on all of us with privilege and power to answer God’s call to confront racism and white supremacy head on.”

Lee introduced to the audience Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was killed when an alleged neo-Nazi slammed his car into anti-racism counter-protesters at a recent white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. “I’m here to speak for my child,” Bro said. “She’s not allowed to speak now except through me, so I’m going to speak for social justice; I’m going to speak for being outraged and paying attention; I’m going to speak for positive action.”

Elite Daily, citing Page Six as its source, reported that Lee said the tragedy in Virginia made him feel “obligated” to denounce his long-dead relative. “We can find inspiration in the Black Lives Matter movement, the women who marched in the Women’s March in January, and especially Heather Heyer, who died fighting for her beliefs in Charlottesville,” he said.

The response on social media was largely positive. “Ooooh they got Robert Lee descendant condemning the racists. Ok MTV,” one person tweeted. Other Twitter messages stated: “Whoa. Robert Lee at the #VMAs!”; “That was awesome that Pastor Robert Lee, a descendant of Robert E Lee denounced White Supremacy & introduced Susan Bro”; and “Bravo to descendant of Robert Lee and Susan Bro Heather Heyer’s mom for speaking out at #VMAs.”

Earlier this month, Lee announced his support for taking down the general’s statue in Charlottesville. He told National Public Radio: “I think it’s time that we have a conversation about how to remember our past without commemorating our past. … I grew up knowing about Robert E. Lee and who he was and what he stood for. I was told that he is a mixed bag by my parents in terms of what he stood for. Some said he stood for states’ rights; some said he stood he stood for slavery. And I was left to determine what that meant for me.”

The pastor continued: “When I would give my credit card to someone at the store and they’d see Robert Lee, they’d say, ‘Oh, you’re related to him.’ And you’d either have to answer yes or no and then enter into a conversation about how the South will rise again with that person. But I know that my parents have always raised me to believe to speak up and speak out about issues that are concerning our family and who we are as a family. And with this, it has become time to speak up about Robert E. Lee and what we think about him as a family.”

Source: TMZ, Elite Daily
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