Rev. Rob Lee IV's similarities with his ancestor, famous Confederate general Robert E. Lee, end at their names — and he's once again received flak from a "concerned" defender of his pro-slavery uncle many generations removed.
On Friday, the 25-year-old descendant of the infamous general posted a screenshot of a message he'd received from a "concerned North Carolinian" who'd heard a local news interview with him.
"Robert E. Lee freed his slaves (which he never purchased-they were inherited) in 1862," the Facebook message-sender told Lee. The person went on to inform the general's descendant that Lee "freed his slaves several years before the war was over, and considerably earlier than his Northern counterparts."
"PS," the sender continued. "You are not a good man."
"There was [sic] black soldiers in the Confederate army and I am a white southerner and I am not racist at all," the message continued.
I received this Facebook message from a concerned North Carolinian after @SarahBlakeWBTV’s piece last night. 1. A… https://t.co/B1vTG8ySNS— Rev. Rob Lee (@Rev. Rob Lee)1525461866.0
In response, Lee noted that "a little slavery is still chattel slavery" and "inherited slaves are still enslaved persons."
"If you have to say you aren't racist after making a statement...Welp," the youthful theologian concluded.