The family of Johnny Cash have taken to social media to condemn a white supremacist who was captured on film wearing a T-shirt bearing the late singer’s name on a march in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Writing on Facebook, singer Rosanne Cash called the unnamed man “a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi, spewing hatred and bile”, and added: “We were sickened by the association.”
Cash said her father was “a man whose heart beat with the rhythm of love and social justice”.
She aded: “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.”
In the moving post, Rosanne said the 11-time Grammy Award-winner – who died aged 71 in 2003 – “would be horrified at even a casual use of his name or image for an idea or a cause founded in persecution and hatred.
“Our dad told each of us, over and over throughout our lives, ‘Children, you can choose love or hate. I choose love.’”
The post is below.