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The View Robert Lee

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Reverend Robert Wright Lee IV, a descendant of Robert E. Lee, appeared on “The View” on Monday to discuss combating hate. Check out the video below.

Reverend Lee was mostly unknown to the masses until last month’s MTV Video Music Awards, which took place in the wake of the Charlottesville protests. The rioting partly revolved around calls for the removal of Confederate statues, including ones honoring General Lee. At the VMAs in late August, the reverend said, “We have made my ancestor an idol of white supremacy, racism and hate. As a pastor, it is my moral duty to speak out against racism, America’s original sin.” He then urged “all of us with privilege and power” to “confront racism and white supremacy head on.” He further expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement. But after facing a “hurtful” backlash at his North Carolina church, Lee announced he was resigning from his post.

Now on the ABC talk show, Whoopi Goldberg began the interview by asking Lee why he spoke out in the first place. “After Charlottesville, my heart was broken… Complicity is not something I stand for,” he said. When Sara Haines inquired about his former church’s negative reaction, the minister responded, “I can’t speak for the church. I can only speak for myself. What I do know is it’s hard to stand for something… I had to stand up and say this is what I believe in and I stand by it.” He went to argue that “white Christianity is having trouble dealing with what’s going on in the country today.”

“I wanted it to be said of me that there was a Lee in history who stood up for something that was right, and not a General Lee who stood up for what was wrong,” Lee further told the co-hosts, rejecting the suggestion that politics shouldn’t mix with preaching. “The pulpit is inherently political… This is a way of combating racism and white supremacy and white privilege,” he insisted.

And when Jedediha Bila said that taking down Confederate monuments could lead to a “slippery slope,” Lee insisted we’re “already” in that spot. “If you look in Europe, you don’t have statues to the fascists. You have the memorial of what happened,” he pointed out, also expressing his support for removing the “Lee” name from all public spaces, such as parks, bridges and schools. “My white child may not have trouble going to that school, but a black child might, and these schools that we’re talking about are disproportionately in persons of color’s communities, and that’s concerning to me,” he explained.

Lee revealed that he had a Confederate flag in his room growing up and was “proud of my history,” but learned he had to “confront my own privilege.” Doing so made him want to “take my flag down,” and now it’s become a “personal endeavor” to take the name off of “what matters.” The pastor again stressed the importance of the church joining this fight against hate. “We have to teach people with respect and with dignity, and if we can’t do that, then we’re not being a church at all,” Lee argued, adding, “We have to switch the narrative. We have to say there’s a different way of doing church… Let’s get some church leaders in the media who are doing Christianity right.”

Sunny Hostin, who considers herself a devout Christian, said Christianity has become almost a taboo word. Responded Lee, “It’s become a bad word ’cause we’ve done it ourselves.” Goldberg was so impressed with all of the reverend’s comments, she told him, “This is what it’s supposed to be like… You can never stop talking.” Watch the full video below.

 


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