A white campground manager in Mississippi was fired after a video showed her pulling a gun on a Black couple trying to have a picnic by a lake during Memorial Day weekend.
Jessica Richardson posted the video from the encounter to Facebook on Sunday. In the caption for the video, Richardson wrote, “RACISM IS ALIVE AND WELL!!”
"Today was a beautiful day so my husband (who's a vet), our 2 year old dog, and myself, decided to Google a lake to visit and have a picnic," Jessica Richardson. "We found a lake located in Starkville, MS and decided to visit."
She then went on to explain that she, her husband, and their dog were at the lake for less than five minutes when “a truck pulls up and a white lady screams at us.”
"Not five mins later a truck pulls up and a white lady screams at us, she then jumps out of her truck with a Gun. And proceeded to point it at the 3 of us, simply because we didn't make reservations," Richardson's post continues.
Richardson told WCBI on Tuesday the unidentified Kampgrounds of America worker told them “Get, get, you don’t belong here.”
In the video, the campground manager is seen confronting the couple with her gun in her hand. Richardson can be heard telling the worker they didn’t know they needed a reservation to visit the lake.
"The only thing you had to do is tell us to leave. You didn't have to pull a gun," Richardson tells the woman.
The woman eventually calms down before putting the gun back in her pocket.
In her post, Richardson said they double checked with the office and were told they did not need a reservation to visit the lake.
"After leaving my husband stopped by the office and talked with her husband (they're the property managers)," Richardson's post continued. "The husband tells my husband that reservations aren't needed for the lake. This happened In Starkville, MS."
Jessica’s husband, Franklin Richardson, is an Army National Guard Sergeant who recently returned from a nine-month deployment overseas.
“It’s kind of crazy,” he told WCBI. “You go over there and don’t have a gun pointed at you, and you come back home and the first thing that happens is you have a gun pointed at you.”
According to the Associated Press, Kampgrounds of America spokesman Mike Gast released a statement saying the company "does not condone the use of a firearm in any manner" on its properties or franchises.
Gast also said the manager in the video has been fired.
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