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Rosanne Cash, daughter of music legend Johnny Cash, has a message for white supremacists and other racists who enjoy her father’s music: bug off.
The Country singer posted a messaged to her Facebook page Wednesday afternoon on behalf of her family after becoming aware of a white nationalist who attended the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and was photographed wearing a Johnny Cash t-shirt. “We were sickened by the association,” Cash said.
The August 12 rally, organized by known white supremacists, was marked by multiple instances of violence, most notably the murder of a women when a neo-nazi drove his car through a crowd of anti-racism counter-protestors. The night before the rally, “Unite the Right” attendees held a torchlit march on a local college campus during which they shouted slogans like “Jews will not replace us.”
She continued: “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, an 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 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. Several men in the Cash family were mong those who served with Honor,” she added.
In the conclusion of her letter, Cash was adamant that White nationalists aren’t welcome or wanted in fandom for her father’s music. “To any who claim supremacy over other human beings, to any who believe in racial or religious heirarchy: 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.”
Cash’s comments come the day after Donald Trump shocked media members, politicians, and civilians alike when he launched into an unrehearsed, confrontational rant defending “Unite the Right” attendees during a Tuesday press conference. Trump notably downplayed the naked racism on display by nearly every “Unite the Right” attendee, and said that people protesting against racism were equally to blame for the violence that ensued.