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Father Renounces the Views of His White Nationalist Son in an Open Letter

The actions of your family members can potentially ruin your life, due to the existence of social media and other online portals. Nobody can lead a “secret life” because, one way or another, they will be exposed.

On August 11th and 12th, a rally called Unite the Right was held in Charlottesville, Virginia. The rally was assembled by alt-right political members in favor of white nationalism. During the rally, protesters were marching in the streets. It was reported that a man drove his car through the rally, killing one and injuring many. The incident is thought to have been caused by the alt-right marchers, and many have been called out on Twitter accounts like @YesYoureRacist, which has created a social media firestorm. Peter Tefft is one of those individuals.

Peter Tefft is a 30-year-old construction worker from Fargo, North Dakota. His picture was posted to the page, along with a link to his Twitter page, where he describes himself as a “pro-white activist.” Peter and many of his family members began receiving hate mail and threats of violence. That is when Peter’s father, Pearce Tefft, decided to publicly disown Peter from the family.

Two days after the rally, a letter written by Pearce was published in a local newspaper.

“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. We do not know specifically where he learned these beliefs. He did not learn them at home. 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. Evidently Peter has chosen to unlearn these lessons, much to my and his family’s heartbreak and distress,” the father writes.

Pearce goes on to directly address his son at the end.

“Please son, renounce the hate, accept and love all.”

The Tefft family clearly wants the world to know that they are not in any way connected to the actions or beliefs held by Peter. By writing and publishing the letter, Pearce hopes that his family will stop being harassed.

Peter’s nephew, Jacob Scott, said on Facebook, “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.”

Apparently, Peter did not identify as a white supremacist until just a year ago. He claims that he just went to Charlottesville to hear speakers, and exercise his right to free speech. In a Facebook post, where he responds to the tragedy at the rally, Peter says that the assembly was peaceful and legal, and that the permit to host the event was illegally revoked. He also says that none of the injuries or deaths were caused by members of the alt-right party, contrary to popular belief.

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