A Mississippi man was reportedly fired from his nursing job on Thursday after a viral photo showed him wearing a Confederate t-shirt — emblazoned with a noose and the words “Mississippi Justice” — while voting in the midterm elections.
The photograph, which was reportedly taken at a polling center near his home in Olive Branch, Miss., outraged fellow voters, FOX NEWS reports.
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“It’s a sad time that people still have that mindset,” resident Clarence Walker told FOX13 Memphis.
“Well, I was shocked when I saw it, but there wasn’t anything we can do,” Election Commissioner Barry Chatham told the Local Memphis.
DeSoto County officials confirmed the man broke no laws by wearing the controversial shirt to the polls.
Regional One released the following statement regarding the man’s termination:
“Regional One Health is committed to a safe, secure, and comfortable work environment for our patients, guests, employees and medical staff. All allegations of inappropriate behavior and violations of trust involving employees are reviewed and investigated. We take this process seriously and are committed to following all necessary steps to verify the truth.
On November 7, 2018, we became aware of a photo circulating on social media of an individual identified online as an employee of Regional One Health. The Regional One Health legal and human resources teams promptly began an investigation into this employee and to determine if these allegations were real and accurate.
We understand and appreciate the intense feelings related to this situation, but it is our duty to perform a thorough due diligence to verify the truth.
As of today, November 8, 2018, we have completed our investigation and what we learned led to the termination of the employee in question. Regional One Health holds employees to a high standard. We are committed to upholding our mission to provide compassionate care and exceptional services to all.
This includes fostering a safe and protected work and care environment for all. Behaviors contrary to these principles are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
Do you have a problem with being photographed at a polling station without your consent, or being domestically terrorized by your fellow citizens?
This is not about condoning or denouncing his beliefs, this is about defining what freedoms we have on our own time away from work and if an employer can fire someone for what they wear outside of work.
The NFL can protest Black Power fists in the air and protest against our LEO, Military, President and National Anthem all the while being lead by an Islam converted Kaepernick and that is ok in their minds.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.