Following the violence last weekend in Charlottesville, children of country music legend Johnny Cash were distressed to see video of “a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi, spewing hatred and bile” while wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with their father’s name.
“We were sickened by the association,” they said, in a statement posted to Rosanne Cash’s public Facebook page on Wednesday.
“Johnny Cash was a man whose heart beat with the rhythm of love and social justice,” the statement said, before going on to list numerous humanitarian awards Cash received during his storied career.
“He would be horrified at even a casual use of his name or image for an idea or a cause founded in persecution and hatred. The white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville are poison in our society, and an insult to every American hero who wore a uniform to fight the Nazis in WWII,” the statement said, noting that several members of the Cash family served in the war.
“To any who claim supremacy over other human beings, to any who believe in racial or religious hierarchy: we are not you. Our father, as a person, icon, or symbol, is not you. We ask that the Cash name be kept far away from destructive and hateful ideology. We Choose Love,” the statement concluded.