The Rev. Robert Wright Lee, a descendant of Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee, presents the award for best fight against the system at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. Matt Sayles Invision/AP

Lee said he wants churches to do better, and to take a stand against racism.

“We have to treat people with respect and dignity, and if we can’t do that, we’re not being church at all,” he said.

“We have to shift the narrative, and say there is a different way of doing church that is not what we once thought it was,” he said. “Let’s get some church leaders in the news who are doing Christianity right.”

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