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Supervisor’s life threatened on social media



Warren County District 3 Supervisor Shawn Jackson.
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Warren County District 3 Supervisor Shawn Jackson’s life has been threatened in a social media post.

On June 29, the Vicksburg Daily News ran a story that Jackson was asking for a special meeting of the supervisors to remove the Mississippi state flag from county properties. The state Legislature passed a bill June 28 to take down the flag with its Confederate symbolism and replace it.

In a comment under the VDN story, a man wrote: “LMFAO this is where the bulls**t stops,” followed by, “These ‘N’ igers fixing to get shot.”

Jackson has contacted authorities to report the threat.

“I’m disgusted. I feel threatened. I just had to talk to my boys which infuriates me,” Jackson said. “I can’t let my boys see me feel threatened.”

Jackson’s three boys are between 10 and 15. She had been trying to find a way to frame the flag issue for them, she said, and this threat accelerated having that conversation. Jackson called it a “mini crash course” about what was going on at the state level.

Unfortunately, she had to tell her boys that some people will strike out.

“There are people who are looking to harm people whether you do anything to incite violence or not,” she said.

“It was a hard conversation.”

Jackson will bring up removing the flag from county properties in Monday’s regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors. She said the board must write the code to ensure the retired flag will never again fly over Warren County.

“This is not the time to hide your hand,” Jackson said.

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