Johnny Cash’s family slams neo-Nazi who wore fan shirt: ‘We were sickened’

By JTA,
August 19, 2017 01:42

No true fan of the man in black would ever be a neo-Nazi, says Cash family.

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Johnny Cash at the Western Wall

Johnny Cash 150. (photo credit:Jerusalem Post archive)

Johnny Cash’s children took to social media to denounce a neo-Nazi who wore a T-shirt with the singer’s name on it during the Charlottesville far-right rally last weekend.

In a Facebook post Wednesday, Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, Tara and John Carter Cash pointed out that their late father had received humanitarian awards from, among others organizations, the Jewish National Fund and B’nai B’rith International.

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“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,” the Cashes wrote.

As Pitchfork pointed out, a man in this Fox News video, who appears around 0:50, could be the one the Cashes are talking about.

“[Cash] 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,” the statement continued. “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.”

Johnny Cash and the Holy Land



Noted country singer and American icon Johnny Cash performed alongside Bob Dylan and was not averse to singing a song by Shel Silverstein, a writer most would would associate with fiction for children, at San Quentin prison in 1969. 



Both Dylan and Silverstein are Jewish-American artists. Cash himself visited Israel in 1966 and 1968, which lead to him recording an album with his wife June devoted to the Land of Israel in 1969 titled "The Holy Land. Cash famously saw himself as a devoted Christian, and his faith fueled a great deal of his interest in Israel and the Jewish roots of Christianity.    


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