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The Washington Post Creates a Fraud:

A Nephew For General Lee

The black politicians and their pals began to take a public stance in the middle Nineties, that all things Confederate must be removed from public sight, that American History that is not, in their judgment, "uplifting," must be hidden from public view and deleted from public discourse, leaving out of American History all memory of the objective reality of the American Civil War—especially the fact that the war happened because the whole white people of the Antebellum Union could not find the moral courage to live with the Africans as citizens in their political communities. The result of the political program, promoted by the leadership of the Democratic Party in Congress, is plain to all awake Americans. Effigies of South Carolina Senator and Vice President of the United States, John C. Calhoun, Chief Justice Roger Taney, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Lee, and a multitude of other historical figures have been vandalized by mobs the Democrats unleased, and taken away in the night.

To facilitate the political program The Washington Post's owner, Jeffrey Bezos, and the editorial staffs of The Washington Post and The New York Times, followed like lapping puppies by the lesser rags around the country, decided to bolster the credibility of the black politicians' objective, by manufacturing out of nothing a strawman to act as a stand-in for R.E. Lee; presenting the strawman as a descendant of the man, and, as such, to apologize for his supposed sins and to tell us that, if he were with us now, he would endorse their program and beg that his effigies be removed from public sight—because they are not merely images of him, but are "symbols of bigotry, racisim, and slavery."

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General Lee Leading his young Americans to Gettysburg

The editor of The Washington Post, Fred Hiatt, and his subordinates at the local Act of Faith desk, Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Michelle Boorstein, have ignored repeated requests by different persons that they correct the record regarding their creation, but they refuse; this, despite the fact they claim to actually fact check their writings and correct the record when it is reasonably plain they have published fake news.

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Robert W. Lee IV grew up in Statesville, North Carolina. He attended a local college, and then Duke Divinity School from which, at the age of twenty-four, he graduated in the spring of 2016. In the summer of 2016, he was an intern at the Edenton Baptish Church in Raleigh, N.C. In July, 2016, he submitted a short "Op-Ed" piece to the Act of Faith desk of The Washington Post. The substance of the piece is set forth here.

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A word about the proper use of terms of genealogy: The term descendant has one specific meaning. You are a "descendant" of your father, your grandfather, your great grandfather. So, to be a "descendant" of R.E. Lee you must be his son, his grand son, his great grand son etc. To be a cousin of R.E. Lee you may be the son, grand son, etc, of one of his brothers. So, for Robert W. Lee IV to write, "I am a descendant of "The Lees of Virginia" tells us nothing about his ancestral connection to R.E. Lee. There are literally several hundred thousand persons in America, today, who claim to be "related" to The Lees of Virgina, the names of which fill ten pages of their several family trees.

The Washington Post editors added to Rev. Lee's opinion piece a photograph of him, with a caption that reads—"Rob Lee is a descendant of Confederate general R.E. Lee." Again, to be a "descendant of R.E. Lee" you must be his son, grand son, great grand son, etc. Rev. Lee is not, in fact, such a son. Therefore he is not a descendant of R.E. Lee. Some may say that, as a matter of practice, the term—descendant—is used loosely in practice to mean, not only a "direct" descendant, such as a son, but also an "indirect" descendant, such as a "nephew;" i.e., a person who is a son of a brother of R.E. Lee's. And it is plain that The Washington Post editors intended the reading public to understand the word in that second sense, when they added to Rev. Lee's piece the following postscript.

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The New Yorker magazine followed suit immediately.

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From these endorsements given him by The Washington Post, Rev. Lee found himself soon thereafter invited to speak on the radio with NPR host Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

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Then, in the summer of 2017, right after the kids rumbled in the streets of Charlottesville over the taking down of an equestrian statue of Lee, Napoor Agarwal, Vice President of Social Impact at Viacom, contacted Rev. Lee and invited him to travel to Los Angeles, and appear on stage at the MTV Awards Show, to renounce the presence in public of Confederate Monuments in general, and R.E. Lee's in particular. Rev. Lee accepted the invitation, and said, in introducing himself to the world television audience, that he was a "descendant of R.E. Lee."

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Bethany ChurchImmediately following his appearance on the televised MTV Awards show, Rev. Lee resigned the position of pastor of the Bethany United Church of Christ, in Winston-Salem, N.C., and launched himself as the stand-in for R.E. Lee at countless venues across the United States, appearing here there and everywhere, generating glaring headlines in major and regional newspapers, obtaining interviews on radio and television news programs, repeating his endorsement of the Democratic leadership that all things Confederate must be erased from not only American memory but American public discourse. Rev. Lee claimed repeatedly in these appearances that the Church congregation had voiced anger and dismay upon his return from the MTV Awards Show, that he had asserted the public position that slavery tainted General Lee with evil sin, and that white racism was an infection still among white Americans generally, and that his resignation was forced as a consequence. Again, at the forefront of this story was The Washington Post.

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Rev. Lee manufactured this story line out of nothing at all; for the President of the church congregation, when asked to comment, stated that, at the time Rev. Lee tendered his resignation, the church congregation in general, and its leadership in particular, did not know that their pastor had appeared on television, or had made the statements; that their first notice was the receipt of his resignation, and when they asked their pastor to hold on a minute and discuss his problem, he refused and disappeared.


Since his departure from the Bethany Church, Rev. Lee has established a web site which promotes his new church—the Foursquare Church—located in a shed at the end of a road in the middle of nowhere. But he has a publicist you can contact, to schedule his appearance at your church, or your political function. As the photos below show, Bob has made many friends among the black politicians.

AOC with Bob

Booker with Bob

Jackson with Bob

Lewis with Bob

His crowning moment, so far, is his recent appearance at a press conference with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, who introduced Rev. Bob with the silly statement that, referring to R.E. Lee, "we have been talking about Bob's great grandfather." Northam used Bob to pitch his agenda of removing Lee's equestrian statue from Monument Ave in Richmond. Bob, when he stepped to the microphone, told the audience that he was "R.E. Lee's nephew, many greats removed, of course."


Finally, the Rev. Robert W. Lee IV has even been presented to the American public as a descendant of General Lee, by the Democrat leadership in Congress. After appearing at Democrat Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's press conference in Richmond, Bob appeared before the House subcommittee on Natural Resources and National Parks, chaired by an American Indian from New Mexico, who introduced Bob as Lee's descendant. Bob agreed with her, but not under oath.

Robert W. Lee IV at congress

Robert W. Lee IV cogress again

So Who Are Rev. Lee's Ancestors?

A sin by any other nameIn his 2019 autobiography—A sin by any other Name—Rev. Bob tells us the factual basis for his supposed belief he is a nephew of R.E. Lee. He writes that, as a child, he sat on his grandmother's knee, and she said—"See that painting over there, the one of General Lee on the horse?"Robert E. Lee

And Bob nodded. "You are related to him, a nephew separated by many generations," she explained.

But, Bob, how are you a nephew of General Lee? Bob replies that he is a descendant of R.E. Lee's older brother, Charles Carter Lee.

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Robert W. Lee IV Tulsa

But this cannot objectively be true. Charle Carter Lee was born in Virgina, in 1798, nine years before R.E. Lee was born at Stratford Hall. He married in 1847 and had five sons:

Charles Carter LeeGeorge Taylor Lee, born 1848
Henry Lee, born 1849
Robert Randolph Lee, born 1853
Willam Carter Lee, born 1855
John Penn Lee, born 1867

So, which of Charles's sons, is it, Bob, that makes General Lee your uncle? The answer depends on who your real ancestors are.

The objective undisputed record shows any one willing to open their eyes and look, that Bob's great, great, great, great grandfather was named William Lee, and that he appeared in Jones County, Georgia, in about 1807, the year R.E. Lee was born, with a wife named Penelope McClendon. William Lee obtained a lottery warrant from the State for 202 acres of land at a place called Falt Shoals some miles northeast of Macon, then Fort Hawkins. He and Joel McClendon worked land, also, north of Fort Hawkins on the banks of the Ocmulgee River, in Creek Indian Country. They used slave labor, and when slaves ran away, they chased them.

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During this time, William became a captain of the Georgia Militia in Jones Co., and along with a Captain Butler, he fought the Creeks in the War of 1812, pushing the tribes west out of the Territory of Georgia. In 1815 both men became legislators for a term. In 1818, Butler was killed in an Indian fight near Fort Dale some miles north of Greeneville, in what is now Butler County, Alabama, and, in that year William and Penelope moved to land in the area. In 1822, a son named Robert Scothrup Lee was born to them. In 1823, William died. According to the 1880 Census, William's son, R.S. Lee, told the questioner that his father was born in England. This explains R.S. Lee's middle name,. Scothrup probably was the name of William's mother, as it can be found only in England and, even there, it is rarely to be found mentioned.

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William Lee

William Lee

Greenville, Butler Co., Alabama about 1880

William Lee is, in fact, Robert W. Lee IV's great, great, great great grandfather, and he is indisputably not a "descendant" of Robert E. Lee's older brother, Charles Carter Lee, as it is certain he was not a son of Charles, all of them being born twenty years after his death.

William Lee's son, Robert Scothrup Lee, born in 1822, cannot be a "descendant" of Charles Carter Lee for the same reason. All of Charles sons, were born years after Robert S. Lee.

R.S. Lee

Robert S. Lee lived and died in Butler County, Alabama. He had nine children, one of whom was named John Osborne Lee. John moved to Montgromery, Alabama, married a woman named Wright, and had a son they named Robert W. Lee, who is Bob's great grand father. John moved with his family to Statesville, North Carolina, Bob's hometown, in 1923, working as a salesman.

So, for those not willfully blind, Rev. Robert W. Lee IV's ancestors are:

Recently, one of Bob's real relations wrote him the following letter:

Letter to Robert W. Lee IV

Bob's response was to complain he is being harassed; in his relative's description: "Unfortunately, his response was to claim the North Carolina vital records and the US Census are faulty. I asked him for the supporting documentation he has and he did not respond."

But how can Bob do the right thing, now? The Washington Post's editors intentionally made Bob to be something he is not, to promote the credibility of the black politicians' shallow, self-deceptive, phony political view of American History, and it has gone much too far, now, to expect Bob to recant and destroy the Democrat program. Google Robert W. Lee IV and you will get page after page of this crap.

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Is Bob probably a nice fellow to talk to? Yes. Is he a liar and a fraud? Yes. But, when you are twenty-four years old, just starting out on a career path with a good first job, and you write a thin little piece and submit it to The Washington Post—one of the storied great newspapers of the American past—and you assert, modestly, a vauge, ambiguous connection to "The Lees of Virginia," and the sophisticated editors of Bezo's rag raise you up to the status of a nephew of R.E. Lee, what are you to do? And now that you've done it, what can you do? If something sad happens to Bob, the fault is as much The Washington Post's, as it is his own.

Joe Ryan