For some sad reason, many southerners have this idea that they must honor their “southern heritage” by idolizing the leaders of the Confederate army … You know, the army that represented the states that seceded from the United States of America because they wanted to keep black men and women in chains.
Even sadder is the fact that the president of the United States, Donald Trump, felt the need to call Robert E. Lee a great general. Robert E. Lee was a general in the Confederate army during the Civil War. He’s a major figure in Civil War history.
In response, one of Lee’s very own descendants has hit back at Trump, and he hit back hard. In a video posted to Twitter, the Reverand Rob Lee remarked:
‘Last night I was disheartened to hear Donald Trump, our president, make comments about Robert E. Lee as a great general, as an honorable man. These were far from the truth.
‘And yet again, our president is lying and showing his true colors. He has shown us that he supports an idol of white supremacy and of hatred. Robert E. Lee fought for the continued enslavement of black bodies.’
Lee noted he was a “collateral descendant” of Robert E. Lee and noted his name is Robert Lee IV.
Lee said he was saddened by the state of the nation but still felt encouraged.
‘I’m encouraged because we’re going to work to end this. We’re going to vote, We’re going to show Donald Trump that white supremacy has no place in any parlors of our government. We’re going to show him who the people are and what really matters in this nation.
‘I encourage you to vote. I encourage you to make sure your voice is heard this November.’
After being criticized for going by the name Robert Lee IV, Lee also noted he would not be continuing the honoring of the name that so many southern children are taught to admire.
‘I’ve addressed this publicly that the name will not continue. This is over.’
Ultimately, Trump needs a history lesson. Lee was a general in the Confederate army. To become a general in the Confederate army, Lee seceded from the United States and committed treason. He then proceeded to lead his southern army into a war that they ended up losing. Nothing is great about that … at all.
You can watch Lee’s remarks below.
— Rev. Rob Lee (@roblee4) October 13, 2018
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