The children of the late Johnny Cash put the word out after a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi was interviewed wearing a Johnny Cash T-shirt during coverage of last weekend’s violent protests in Charlottesville, Va.
In a message posted on Rosanne Cash’s Facebook account and signed by Rosanne Cash along with her siblings Kathy, Cindy, Tara and John Carter Cash, the family of the country legend said they were “sickened” by the association between their father and the neo-Nazi.
The family noted that video showed the man “spewing hatred and bile,” and added: “Johnny Cash was a man whose heart beat with the rhythm of love and social justice. He received humanitarian awards from, among others, the Jewish National Fund, B’nai Brith, and the United Nations. He championed the rights of Native Americans, protested the war in Vietnam, was a voice for the poor, the struggling and the disenfranchised, and an advocate for the rights of prisoners.”
The Facebook message also says of Johnny Cash: “His pacifism and inclusive patriotism were two of his most defining characteristics. 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.”
Here’s the Facebook post …