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White nationalist demonstrators walk into the entrance of Lee Park surrounded by counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police dressed in riot gear ordered people to disperse after chaotic violent clashes between white nationalists and counter protestors. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A father wrote a letter denouncing his son for marching with white supremacists in Charlottesville


A North Dakota father penned and published a powerful letter to his white nationalist son who participated in Saturday's violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

In the letter, which was published in the Fargo (N.D.) Forum, Pearce Tefft tells his son, Peter Tefft, that he's no longer welcome at family gatherings.

The letter reads in part:

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

Peter Tefft was one of the participants from the Charlottesville publicly identified by the Twitter account @YesYoureRacist, which started a social media campaign aimed at calling out those in attendance.

Shortly after he was identified, Peter Tefft's family began receiving threats.

His nephew, Jacob Scott, told the online news outlet Inforum that everyone in the family "reject(s) him wholly."

But it was the public condemnation from his father that helped the public understand the family's plight.

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