Black officer rehired one day after being fired for confrontation with Confederate-flag-wavers

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Ashton Pittman

The security guard who faced off with people waving Confederate and Mississippi state flags has been rehired by the Department of Finance and Adminstration one day after he was fired, the Clarion-Ledger reports.
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The firing of 57-year-old Wardell Jackson set off a firestorm Tuesday after Deep South Voice and other outlets reported it. Supporters of Wardell were incensed that he – a black officer – was fired for confronting the Delta Flaggers at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum where he was on duty. Readers of Deep South Voice shared contact information for the DFA and began calling and emailing to express their displeasure.
The Flaggers say they were lined up near the museum to participate in a parade, but video shows several taunting the officer as he repeatedly asked them to stop blocking the entrance to the museum.
“I did my job,” Wardell said. “I kept them off property. Now I’m being punished.”
The Department of Finance Administration confirmed Wardell had been rehired on Wednesday.
According to the Flaggers, he refused to allow several of them to take a photo in front of the Civil Rights Museum sign holding their Mississippi state flags.
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The state flag is not flown in front of the Civil Rights Museum, likely because it bears a Confederate emblem – a stark reminder of Mississippi’s historically cruel treatment of its black residents.
Calling the Flaggers appearance at the museum “a desecration,” State Rep. Kathy Sykes – who also confirmed the firing Tuesday – praised the decision. “I think it was too drastic to fire him. It sends the wrong message.”
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