Clashing protesters in Charlottesville, Va. caught the attention of the world over the weekend.
White nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan sympathizers met with anti-racism protesters in a violent affair that left one person dead.
A local state of emergency was even declared.
State of local emergency declared in Charlottesville due to white nationalist march https://t.co/cUwetWYYhX— KelownaNow.com (@KelownaNow) August 12, 2017
On Monday, a letter was published to the North Dakota-Minnesota news site, Inforum, from one of the white nationalist’s father, and he didn’t hold back his disdain for his son’s actions.
“My name is Pearce Tefft, and I am writing to all, with regards to my youngest son, Peter Tefft, an avowed white nationalist who has been featured in a number of local new stories over the last several months,” he wrote. “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.”
Pearce continued on to say that the family doesn’t know where Peter learned these beliefs, but “he did not learn them at home.”
He talks about sharing his home and hearth with friends of every race, gender and creed and that he had taught all of his children that all men and women are created equal.
“We must love each other all the same.”
Peace says that Peter has chosen to unlearn those lessons and that the family’s previous silence on this matter was a mistake.
He then said the words that no parents would ever want to say.
“Peter Tefft, my son, is not welcome at our family gatherings any longer. I pray my prodigal son will renounce his hateful beliefs and return home. Then and only then will I lay out the feast.”
You can read the letter in full on the Inforum website.