Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesThe five children of the late Johnny Cash took to Facebook to release a statement regarding a protester wearing a T-shirt bearing the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s name last Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia.

At the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, a 32-year-old counterprotester named Heather Heyer died when a man drove his car into a crowd.

“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,” reads the statement, posted on the Facebook page of Johnny’s daughter Rosanne.

Cash’s children said their father was someone “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.”

The statement continued, “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.”

Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, Tara and John Carter included a quote that they said their father often told them growing up: “Children, you can choose love or hate. I choose love.”

The family members noted that their father didn’t “judge race, color, sexual orientation or creed.”

They added, “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.”

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