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Descendant of Robert E. Lee calls for removal of Confederate statues

Posted at 3:58 PM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 15:58:03-04

A descendant and namesake of Confederate general Robert E. Lee is calling for the removal of Confederate statues.

Reverend Robert Q. Lee, IV testified before the House Natural Resources subcommittee this morning.

He drew upon his personal experiences, biblical scripture, and General Lee's own words to make a case for the Robert E. Lee statue removal act.

"I fully believe along with a host of other amazing citizens of this great country, that Black lives matter and for us to continue to celebrate a man who questioned the education, disparaged the right to vote of Black life, and had previously fought for the continued enslavement of Africans on the North American continent is an affront to those now who are suffering under current weights of oppression," Lee said.