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Firefighter Suspended for Flying A Flag

After a Third of July Parade in Albert Lea, Minnesota, a volunteer firefighter was suspended for decorating his department's fire truck with the Confederate flag. Brian Nielson, 43, said he's not a racist although he flew both the Confederate and American flags on the back of the Hartland Fire Department truck because he is tired of political correctness. Regardless of his intentions, someone posted an image of the fire truck online and it immediately went viral.

Nielson told The Associated Press "It was my decision and I didn't think it was going to be a big deal, but boy was I wrong." Hartland Fire Chief Trent Wangen suspended Nielsen on July 5. An investigation has been launched. Nielsen said he believes he will be asked to step down. After the Charleston massacre, the Confederate flag has been a heated topic of debate as the accused shooter, Dylann Roof, posted photos on social media with a Confederate flag.

Since then, Walmart, Amazon, Sears and eBay have stopped selling Confederate flag merchandise. Nielsen also said "I don't see race. Black and white are the same to me. My belief is that 'politically correct' is going too far."

Photo: CBS Local, My Fox Twin Cities

Nielson said he flew the flag because he was tired of political correctness.

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