Johnny Cash’s Family Tells White Supremacists To Shut The F*ck Up
Johnny Cash Always Chose Love
Johnny Cash would have stood against Nazis, and for love.
And that’s why his daughter Rosanne Cash was horrified when lots of Johnny Cash memorabilia reportedly showed up in imagery depicting the Nazi-led riot in Charlottesville, Virginia.
To see t-shirts bearing her father’s image, knowing what her father stood for during his life, was simply more than Rosanne could stomach. Because, like most Americans, Rosanne Cash is sickened by Nazi imagery.
One can only imagine how much more disturbing seeing tiki-torch-bearing hate-mongers emblazoned with one’s father’s image would be.
So Rosanne Cash took to Facebook with a very clear message for Nazis who also like Johnny Cash.
Knock it the fuck off.
Only she put it a bit more…eloquently.
Rosanne Cash Takes On The Nazis
A message from the children of Johnny Cash:
We were alerted to a video of a young man in Charlottesville, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi, spewing hatred and bile. He was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the name of Johnny Cash, our father. We were sickened by the association.
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. Along with our sister Rosanne, he was on the advisory board of an organization solely devoted to preventing gun violence among children. 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. Several men in the extended Cash family were among those who served with honor.
Our dad told each of us, over and over throughout our lives, ‘Children, you can choose love or hate. I choose love.’
We do not judge race, color, sexual orientation or creed. We value the capacity for love and the impulse towards kindness. We respect diversity, and cherish our shared humanity. We recognize the suffering of other human beings, and remain committed to our natural instinct for compassion and service.
To any who claim supremacy over other human beings, to any who believe in racial or religious hierarchy: 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.
We Choose Love.
John Carter Cash
August 16, 2017
‘Not one of us can rest, be happy, be at home, be at peace with ourselves, until we end hatred and division.’ Rep. John Lewis
In OUR America, Being A Nazi Is Still Unacceptable
If there is one thing for certain, it’s this.
Donald Trump may be trying his damnedest to bring Nazism and White Supremacy into the “mainstream,” but in our America – the America that already is great – it’s actually pretty danged hard to be a Nazi and still have things like friends and a job.
As Johnny Cash himself said, and his daughter repeated, “All your life, you will be faced with a choice. You can choose love or hate…I choose love.”
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