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Black School Security Guard Who Was Fired Over Racial Slur Controversy Gets Job Back After Cher Offered To Pay Legal Fees

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A black security guard just got his job after he was fired for telling his student not to call him the N-word. More inside…

A black high school security guard just got his job back after protests over his termination spread across Madison, Wisconsin. School officials overturned their decision to fire him for saying the N-word while asking one his students to stop calling him the racial slur.

Marlon Anderson – a black security guard at Madison West High School – was reportedly fired after he said he repeated a racial slur while telling a black student who called him that word not to use it. He filed a grievance seeking his job back after he was fired. The Madison school district has a zero-tolerance policy on racial slurs, so they cut him loose. Students skipped class to protest Mr. Anderson’s firing.

"Every type of N-word you can think of, that’s what he was calling me," Anderson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Friday. "I said, do not call me that name. I'm not your N-word. Do not call me that."

Grammy, Oscar & Tony award winning artist Cher heard about the story and decided she would pay all of his legal fees. She called the firing “disrespectful,” especially after the recent death of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., a civil rights leader who "fought for justice."



Five days after he was fired, the Madison school district gave him his job back.

"I'm back!!" Mr. Anderson posted on Facebook. “While at work today at Boys & Girls Clubs, I learned from the Madison Teachers Union President that School Supt. Jane Belmore has rescinded the decision of my termination. I will be placed on paid administrative leave and my transition plan is being negotiated. I will continue to work at the Club until we negotiate my return back to the district.”

Read his full post below:

Would you go back?

Photo: Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP

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