- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The family of a North Dakota man who participated in a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend has penned an open letter saying he is isn’t welcome at family gatherings until he renounces his hateful views.

Pearce Tefft, father of “avowed white nationalist” Peter Tefft, disavowed his son’s actions in a letter published this week by the Fargo-based Forum 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,” the father wrote. “We do not know specifically where he learned these beliefs. He did not learn them at home.

Peter Tefft, my son, is not welcome at our family gatherings any longer,” he continued. “I pray my prodigal son will renounce his hateful beliefs and return home. Then and only then will I lay out the feast.”

Mr. Tefft said his son’s involvement in the Charlottesville rallies has made his family the target of hateful attacks and threats.

“Why must we be guilty by association?” he asked. “Again, none of his beliefs were learned at home. We do not, never have, and never will, accept his twisted worldview.”

Speaking with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, his voice still hoarse from the tear gas, Peter Tefft remained unapologetic for his involvement in the Charlottesville protests, which turned deadly Saturday.

“This is the beginning of the new civil rights era,” the 30-year-old, self-described “pro-white civil rights activist,” said Tuesday.

Peter Tefft said he doesn’t hold any ill will toward his family for their decision to ban him from gatherings. He just wants the hate toward his family to stop.

Peter Tefft said he’s planning on organizing a pro-white civil rights event in Fargo this October. He said he expects 200 to 300 local residents would attend, the Pioneer Press reported.

“We’re not politically incorrect, we’re factually correct,” he said, adding, “I’m certainly not a hateful person.”

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