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Gen. Robert E. Lee descendant leaves pulpit after backlash
A descendant of Gen. Robert E. Lee has stepped down as pastor of his North Carolina church after facing blowback over his comments denouncing racism and lauding the Black Lives Matter movement.
By Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN

“My name is Robert Lee IV; I am a descendant of Robert E. Lee, the Civil War general whose statue was at the center of violence in Charlottesville. 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. Today, I call on all of us with privilege and power to answer God’s call to confront racism and white supremacy head-on. 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.”

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MTV Video Music Awards 2017: The winners list (CNN) [x]:

[…]  Rev. Robert Wright Lee IV, a 24-year-old pastor and a descendent Confederate general Robert E. Lee, appeared to speak out against racial injustice.

“We have made my ancestor an idol of white supremacy, racism and hate,” Lee said. “As a pastor it is my moral duty to speak out against racism, America’s original sin.”

He called on “all of us with privilege and power to answer God’s call to confront racism and white supremacy head-on.”

Lee then introduced Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed in Charlottesville while marching as a counter-protestor against a white supremacist rally seeking to stop the removal of the statue of General Robert E. Lee.

Bro spoke of missing her daughter and announced the launch of a foundation named in honor of Heyer.

“I want people to know Heather never marched alone,” Bro said. “She was always joined by people from every race and every background in this country.”

In that spirit, Bro said, MTV decided to honor all six of the videos nominated for the new category of best fight against the system.

[…]

Best Fight Against the System
Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson - “Black SpiderMan” - WINNER
The Hamilton Mixtape - “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)” - WINNER
Big Sean - “Light” - WINNER
Alessia Cara - “Scars To Your Beautiful” - WINNER
Taboo ft. Shailene Woodley - “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL” - WINNER
John Legend - “Surefire” - WINNER