Mississippi has a long and sad history with racism, but no one could have expected the sight of a man at the polls on Tuesday wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the Confederate flag and a lynching noose that read “Mississippi Justice.”
Olive Branch, Mississippi. Nov 6th, 2018. pic.twitter.com/UN4vzu8tK2
— smokeySr🐶🐶🐶 (@smokeydaQue1212) November 7, 2018
Social media users instantly responded to a photo of the man, Clayton Hickey, disgusted by his shirt and decision to wear it at, of all places, a polling place.
According to the New York Post:
‘Clayton Hickey, of Olive Branch, thought it would be a good idea to wear a Confederate flag T-shirt with a noose and the words “Mississippi Justice” emblazoned on the front.
‘His picture was taken at the polls on Tuesday and posted online for all to see. Social media users called Hickey out for the move, with many blasting him as racist.’
Clayton Hickey, a nurse and former cop (fired for contributing to the delinquency of a minor) is the guy in the hideously racist shirt. Just another one of Trump’s “Very fine people on both sides” https://t.co/wHBhha9EnB
— Sarah Wine-Thyre 🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@SarahThyre) November 7, 2018
Although he was mistaken for a poll worker on social media, it turns out that he’s an EMT who was not volunteering at the polls. He now works as an EMT, but is a former police officer. His employer, Regional One Health, immediately began an investigation.
‘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.’
Full story on Clayton Hickey
— Racist Of The Week (@RacistOTW) November 9, 2018
The former cop turned emergency health worker is now just an unemployed racist, with a statement from his employer announcing that the investigation was completed and Hickey had been fired.
‘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.’
The loss of employment is a great dose of karma, but racism among healthcare workers and police officers, as well as the rest of the white nationalists inspired to come out of the shadows by President Trump, are a problem that will continue to need to be addressed.
Featured image via Twitter