6 Major Moments From 2017 MTV VMA's: Pastor Urges People to Answer God's Call

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1. Christian pastor takes stage

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(Photo: MTV video screencap)The Reverend Robert Wright Lee IV, pastor at North Carolina's Bethany United Church of Christ, speaking at the 2017 MTV VMA awards on August 27, 2017.

The Reverend Robert Wright Lee IV, a descendant of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, took the stage on Sunday night, speaking out against the violence in Charlottesville.

The clash between alt-right groups, such as neo-Nazis and the KKK, and leftist antifa supporters occurred over a statue of the Confederate general that the "Unite the Right" was seeking to protect.

"We have made my ancestor an idol of white supremacy, racism, and hate. As a pastor, it is my moral duty to speak out against racism, America's original sin," said the pastor of North Carolina's Bethany United Church of Christ, according to Vox.

"Today, I call on all of us with privilege and power to answer God's call to confront racism and white supremacy head-on. We can find inspiration in the Black Lives Matter movement, the women who marched in the Women's March in January, and, especially, Heather Heyer, who died fighting for her beliefs in Charlottesville," he added, referring to the young woman killed when a "Unite the Right" supporter drove his car into a crowd of people.

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