Cash family: Keep Johnny’s name away from ‘hateful ideology’

FILE - In a 1999 file photo, the late country music legend Johnny Cash poses at his Hendersonville, Tenn. home. Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Ray LaMontagne and Jamey Johnson are among the performers scheduled to appear in “We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash” on April 20 at the Austin City Limits Live venue in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The children of Johnny Cash are asking white supremacists and other hate groups not to wear or use the country singer’s name or image.

In a Wednesday night Facebook post shared by Cash’s daughter Rosanne and son John Carter Cash, the siblings say they were “sickened” to learn a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi was wearing a T-shirt with their father’s name at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that erupted into deadly violence.

The man in question was interviewed Saturday on Fox News Channel.

The post says the late country music legend’s heart “beat with the rhythm of love and social justice” and adds that 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.”

They requested his name “be kept far away from destructive and hateful ideology.”

The post, also signed by Kathy, Cindy and Tara Cash, says the family values love and kindness, respects diversity and cherishes “our shared humanity.”

Johnny Cash died in 2003.

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