The scenes of violence and racism in Charlottesville over the weekend has shocked the nation.
It’s is so hard to believe people have such hatred in their hearts. Were they taught this ideology from birth?
But a father of one of the white nationalists caught on camera protesting at the racist rally has rejected this notion. He has also publicly disowned his son.
Pearce Tefft, whose youngest son Pete was among a group of white supremacists who marched in Virginia on Saturday, says his son is no longer welcome home until he changes his beliefs.
‘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,’ Tefft, of Fargo, North Dakota, wrote in an open letter to the Inforum.
‘I have shared my home and hearth with friends and acquaintances of every race, gender, and creed.’
‘I have taught all of my children that all men and women are created equal. That we must love each other all the same,’ he continued.
Pearce Tefft, who is in is 60s, insists he doesn’t know where his son picked up his extremist beliefs.
Tefft added: ‘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.’
‘My son is not welcome at our family gatherings any longer. I pray my prodigal son will renounce his hateful beliefs and return home.’
Pearce isn’t the only family member of the Tefft family to speak out about Pete’s racist views.
His niece Jo, who described Pete as ‘my Nazi uncle’, tweeted: ‘Pete Tefft literally had a psychotic break while high on acid and turned into a Nazi one day. That’s it. That’s the story.’
Pete’s nephew Jacob Scott also denounced him, telling WDAY 6 that the whole family, who he described as ‘bleeding heart liberals’ were horrified by Tefft who had made threats against his own family.
‘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.’
‘He scares us all, we don’t feel safe around him, and we don’t know how he came to be this way. My grandfather feels especially grieved, as though he has failed as a father.’