Johnny Cash's children denounce Charlottesville neo-Nazi pictured wearing the country star's t-shirt

Johnny Cash's children have denounced a Charlottesville neo Nazi wearing a T-shirt with Cash's name on

Johnny Cash's children have denounced a Charlottesville neo Nazi wearing a T-shirt with Cash's name on

"To any who claim supremacy over other human beings, to any who believe in racial or religious hierarchy: We are not you", it read. "Our father, as a person, icon, or symbol, is not you", it continued, closing with "We Choose Love".

In the note, Cash and her siblings explain that they were made aware of video, circulating on the internet and news channels, of one of the Charlottesville protesters ("a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi", they write) "spewing hatred and bile" while wearing a T-shirt with Cash's name on it.

"God bless the family and the memory of Johnny Cash", he tweeted. "We ask that the Cash name be kept far away from destructive and hateful ideology", they write.

The white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville are poison in our society.

The statement details Cash's tireless work for the rights of Native Americans, protesting the Vietnam War and advocating for "the poor, the struggling and the disenfranchised", as well as for the rights of prisoners.

She went on to list Johnny's humanitarian awards including ones from the Jewish National Fund, B'nai Brith - the oldest Jewish organisation in the world and the United Nations.

They consider "his pacifism and inclusive patriotism" to be "two of his most defining characteristics".

'Our dad told each of us, over and over throughout our lives, 'Children, you can choose love or hate.

"We do not judge race, color, sexual orientation or creed. We recognize the suffering of other human beings, and remain committed to our natural instinct for compassion and service", the message concluded.

In an open letter posted to Facebook, Cash's daughter, musician Rosanne Cash, condemned the white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville, resulting in clashes that saw three killed and dozens injured.

The 62-year-old musician, who lost her father nearly 14 years ago, tweeted following the march: "Just can't take this in".

She also wrote that she was struggling to "process" headlines where USA president Donald Trump appeared to support some of the people who joined the fascist protest.

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