This Confederate Defender Just Got Schooled by One of Robert E. Lee's Relatives

“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.

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.

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