From the Cash family

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The children of Johnny Cash have taken to Facebook to express their outrage after seeing a video by a neo-Nazi wearing a T-shirt with their father's picture on it.

Posted by Rosanne Cash on behalf of her three sisters and brother, it begins, "Johnny Cash was a man whose heart beat with the rhythm of love and social justice." It goes on to list humanitarian awards he received, groups whose rights he championed.

It continues, "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." They call the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville "a poison to our society" and an insult to the American heroes who fought Nazis in World War Two, including "several men in the extended Cash family...Our dad told each of us, over and over throughout our lives, ‘Children, you can choose love or hate. I choose love.’"

It says the family does not judge others, values the "capacity for love and the impulse towards kindness," respects diversity and cherishes "our shared humanity." It rejects those who "claim supremacy over other human beings."

It concludes, "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."

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