Today, TNathan Fairley, who as of yesterday was removed from the Mississippi Rising Coalition board of directors, did a Facebook live discussing the current situation.
Yesterday, the coalition announced through Facebook that Fairley would be removed from the board, effective immediately, due to a past felony conviction. Fairley served 22 months of a three-year prison term in Florida on conviction of multiple forgery and related charges.
The coalition says that although they believe in second chances, they do not want this to be a distraction to their important work and mission.
During Fairley’s live video he says he understands the coalition’s actions and he will continue to advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. “I am not a victim. I can’t change my past, but I also realize everything that I’ve gone through in my life has made me the person I am today. Who I am now is who I have worked to become and while there have been times in my past that I have not been an activist, I have not even been woke, those times are over. So opposition research, you found what you were looking for, I am happy for you. It really didn’t take much. I am happy. I am still here.”
News 25 reached out to Fairley asking if he is interested in starting his own organization to which he answered “I don’t think we need another organization. I just think we need to find a way to unite the ones we do have under one common cause.”