Fargo dad's heartbreaking letter disavows alt-right son for Charlottesville

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Peter Tefft, seen here in Charlottesville, has been an 'avowed fascist' for some time now, according to his father. Unicorn Riot

A mass-doxing is well under way for the racist-fascist-Nazi-Confederate-alt-right-white-guys at this past weekend's ugly and alarming Charlottesville, Virginia "Unite the Right" rally.

One protester evidently traveled across half the country to be in Virginia last Friday night: One Peter (or Pete) Tefft, of Fargo, North Dakota. Tefft's identity was first deduced by the currently invaluable Twitter account "Yes, You're Racist," which used an interview Tefft gave to Unicorn Riot to expose him.

In the interview, Tefft (marching with like-minded demonstrators) is asked about a claim he'd made of white people being murdered in South Africa. The interview is cut off when another man assaults the cameraman.

News that Tefft was present in Charlottesville soon circulated back in Fargo. On Monday, the Fargo Forum newspaper published a letter to the editor from Tefft's father, Pearce. Pearce Tefft is not up for denying the reports or defending his son. He's disavowing him.

Pearce Tefft writes that he and other family members "wish to loudly repudiate [Pete Tefft's] vile, hateful and racist rhetoric and actions." The Tefft home was a loving and accepting one, according to its patriarch, and not one where fascist leanings were allowed to bloom. 

In a reference to a Biblical parable of of a lost son's return, Pearce writes: 

"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."

Pearce asks that his family not be considered "guilty by association." Since Pete Tefft was outed as one of the Charlotesville attendees, other members of the family have been on the receiving end of "hateful rhetoric," which Pearce says should be reserved for his son. "We do not, never have, and never will accept [Pete Tefft's] twisted worldview," Pearce writes.

In a haunting passage, Pearce recalls a Holocaust-inspired joke, when Pete Tefft had said fascists believed in freedom of speech, and would "just throw you in an oven" no matter what you said.

Writes Pearce Tefft to his son: "Peter, you will have to shovel our bodies into the oven, too. Please son, renounce the hate, accept and love all."


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