One father publicly disavowed his white supremacist son after he participated in the violent rally on Aug. 12 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In an open letter published on In Forum, Pearce Tefft denounced his son, Peter Tefft.
“I, along with all of his siblings and his entire family, wish to loudly repudiate my son’s vile, hateful and racist rhetoric and actions,” his father wrote.
“Peter Tefft, my son, is not welcome at our family gatherings any longer,” he added. “I pray my prodigal son will renounce his hateful beliefs and return home. Then and only then will I lay out the feast.”
In the note, Pearce explains he did not teach his son to hold such beliefs.
“I have shared my home and hearth with friends and acquaintances of every race, gender and creed,” he wrote. “I have taught all of my children that all men and women are created equal. That we must love each other all the same. Evidently Peter has chosen to unlearn these lessons, much to my and his family’s heartbreak and distress.”
In response, Pearce says he’d decided the best course of action is to break his silence.
“We have been silent up until now, but now we see that this was a mistake,” he continued.
“It was the silence of good people that allowed the Nazis to flourish the first time around, and it is the silence of good people that is allowing them to flourish now.”
“He once joked, ‘The thing about us fascists is, it’s not that we don’t believe in freedom of speech,'” Pearce added towards the end. “You can say whatever you want. We’ll just throw you in an oven.”
“Peter, you will have to shovel our bodies into the oven, too,” Pearce says in conclusion.
“Please son, renounce the hate, accept and love all.”
Pearce is not the only family member to condemn Peter. Peter’s nephew, Jacob Scott, also has rejected his uncle.
“We are all bleeding-heart liberals who believe in the fundamental equality of all human beings,” said Scott. “Peter is a maniac, who has turned away from all of us and gone down some insane internet rabbit-hole, and turned into a crazy nazi.”
In the past, Peter has spoken to national news outlets about his views.
“I’m a white Christian and 100 percent pro-white,” said Peter. “‘White Supremacist’ is a word used to intimidate Christians and to stifle discord when all of us should be communicating.”
“I’m interested solely in legal political action to further pro-white interests. We as white people have a right to exist, our own identity, and a right to campaign politically and legally for our own interests,” he added.
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