The Man in Black was not a fan of the guys in white hoods, Johnny Cash's children said after video surfaced of a neo-Nazi protester in Charlottesville wearing a T-shirt with their father's name. "We were sickened by the association," the late country legend's five children wrote in a statement posted on Rosanne's Cash's Facebook page on Wednesday, the Austin American-Statesman reports. "Johnny Cash was a man whose heart beat with the rhythm of love and social justice," they wrote. "He received humanitarian awards from, among others, the Jewish National Fund, B'nai Brith, and the United Nations."
Cash "would be horrified at even a casual use of his name or image for an idea or a cause founded in persecution and hatred," his children wrote. "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." "Our dad told each of us, over and over throughout our lives, 'Children, you can choose love or hate. I choose love,'" they wrote. Their father, they wrote, should not be used as an icon by any "who claim supremacy over other human beings" or "believe in racial or religious hierarchy." (George HW Bush and George W. Bush have spoken out on Charlottesville.)