WATCH: Descendant of Robert E. Lee leaves congregation to "stand up for what's right."

Rev. Robert E. Lee IV visited ABC's "The View" to talk about Confederate statues, race and what churches should be doing.

Lee Eric Smith | 9/14/2017, 11:53 a.m.
Rev. Robert E. Lee IV visited ABC's "The View" to talk about Confederate statues, race and what churches should be ...
Rev. Robert E. Lee IV, distant nephew of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, has taken a stand against Confederate statues, racism and churches who stay silent on such issues.
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Rev. Robert E. Lee IV speaks out against statues, racism and more

Watch this distant nephew of the Confederate general speak out against statues of his uncle, racism and church leaders who stay silent.

I firmly believe that if our country is to make any significant progress on healing its racial divide, then African Americans can't be the only ones talking about the issue. It's going to take people of all backgrounds — and specifically, the beneficiaries of white privilege — to speak out on the issue.

So, with that said, take a look at this clip of one of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's distant nephews. Rev. Robert E. Lee IV made headlines earlier this month when he left his congregation over his stand against Confederate Statues and white supremacy. He joined the ladies of The View to talk about it. And it is simultaneously refreshing and frustrating.

Refreshing, because he speaks candidly, forcefully and with such conviction that I found myself energized. Frustrating, because you realize that ALL faith leaders, regardless of skin color, should have been saying these things for generations now.