After speaking out against racism and white supremacy at the MTV Video Music Awards, Rev. Robert Lee IV, descendant of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee, is out of a job.
The 24-year-old former pastor of the Bethany United Church of Christ in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, took to the airwaves to announce that “as a pastor, it is my moral duty to speak out against racism — America’s original sin.”
Lee called on those “in privilege and power to confront racism and white supremacy head on” in the wake of the white supremacist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia.
He stood up against those who have idolized his namesake and praised the efforts of groups like the Women’s March and Black Lives Matter, as well as the late Heather Heyer, for their efforts in calling out and standing up to bigotry.
Lee’s comments were a bold and brave contrast with Donald Trump’s tepid denunciation of “violence …