Tennessee Woman Fired After Telling Black Protester That 'White Lives Are Better' In Racist And Homophobic Rant
Video taken during a recent protest in Elizabethton, Tennessee, showed a White woman repeatedly screaming "White lives matter," "White lives are better" and homophobic remarks at Black Lives Matter protesters.
Following the incident, the video was published and shared on various social media websites. Since then, thousands have viewed the footage.
The woman, identified as Sonya Holt, has been fired, Johnson City Press reports.
@karensgonewild_ Meet Sonya Holt, the East Tennessee Karen, the most inbred of the Karens! Video from the Elizabeth… https://t.co/ctJv0ilOe6— sofi (ACAB) (@sofi (ACAB))1594003210.0
The video began with Holt leaning into the camera and screaming the following:
"White lives matter you Black, twisted, crazy person."
After briefly being held back, Holt leaned in again:
"White lives matter. You're just a poor little Black girl who's got a messed up mind."
Holt then chanted "White lives matter" repeatedly before modifying her chant to:
"White lives are better."
Johnson City Press went on to report that Holt had been employed at a vision center in the area, but lost her job after the video surfaced, according to an employee there.
Folks on Twitter were grateful the video proof led to accountability.
@sofiiisabella @karensgonewild_ I love love love when these people get caught on video, go viral and then get fired… https://t.co/qwa4nvi8n4— JoNa Latina 🌊🇺🇸🌊🇺🇸🌊🇺🇸 (@JoNa Latina 🌊🇺🇸🌊🇺🇸🌊🇺🇸)1594071298.0
@sofiiisabella @karensgonewild_ Alexa, play "You about to lose yo job".— Kiff🌈BLM (@Kiff🌈BLM)1594056245.0
@sofiiisabella @karensgonewild_ I am glad she lost her job and no one should hire her— Mary G (@Mary G)1594058871.0
@sofiiisabella @karensgonewild_ I wonder how she's going to incorporate that into her search for a new job— Vidian6 (@Vidian6)1594064925.0
The heated exchange was one of many that occurred between anti-racism protesters and counter-protesters at a demonstration at Covered Bridge Park in Elizabethton, Tennessee.
The protest was planned by the local New Panther Initiative, a Black Lives Matter group in the area. When the group and other supporters arrived at the park, several individuals wearing pro-Trump merchandise heaved obscenities at the demonstrators.
Despite the aggressive behavior of Holt and others at the event, things did end peacefully.
Twitter had little patience or sympathy for Karen/Sonya Holt.
@pinevalleyAR @sofiiisabella @karensgonewild_ Your giving witches a bad name https://t.co/ojYoqGtiBb— Whitney S (@Whitney S)1594129743.0
@sofiiisabella @karensgonewild_ Omg her flip phone is the icing on the cake.— Judge Judy (@Judge Judy)1594088141.0
@sofiiisabella @karensgonewild_ Such a shallow gene pool...— Sue Cee Q 😷 (WEAR A MASK FFS) 😷 🙏😎🎶 (@Sue Cee Q 😷 (WEAR A MASK FFS) 😷 🙏😎🎶)1594070297.0
@sofiiisabella @karensgonewild_ We all need to carry around an air horn to defend ourselves against the Karens— Jennylee911 (@Jennylee911)1594137939.0
As always, social media has managed to remind everyone that we are not in a post-racial United States.