A descendant of Confederate Army Gen. Robert E. Lee believes that reparations are necessary to tackle racism.
The Rev. Robert W. Lee IV, the general’s distant nephew, recently appeared on “CNN Tonight” after the House held a hearing on reparations for slavery. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had come under fire for saying he didn’t think reparations “for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea.”
“I think we’re always a work in progress in this country, but no one currently alive was responsible for that, and I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it,” McConnell said.
Lee disagreed with the majority leader.
“It’s going to take both people of color and white people to fix the mess that white people have made, Lee said. “I’m a white man, I’ve got a lot of privilege .... How can we use our privilege to literally put our money where our mouth is. If people are saying they want to fix racism or ... fix this issue in our country, then they need to put their money where their mouth is, and that comes in the form of reparations.”
“It’s going to take both people of color and white people to fix the mess that white people have made,” says Rev. Robert W. Lee, a descendant of Gen. Robert E. Lee.“...If people...want to fix racism...they need to put their money where their mouth is...in the form of reparations” pic.twitter.com/fSLoBRyZgc— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) June 19, 2019