Sonya Holt rants at the camera screaming, “white lives matter” and then “white lives are better.”
A Tennessee woman caught on a viral video shouting racial and homophobic slurs at a Black Lives Matter rally has been fired from her job, according to reports.
Sonya Holt was seen yelling “white lives matter, white lives are better” during the protest in Elizabethton on Saturday, at one point yelling at a protester, “you’re a gay homosexual piece of crap who’s going to burn in hell,”WCYB-TV reported.
At another point Holt is heard calling one protester “just a poor little black girl with a messed up mind.”
Afterthe video went viralon social media, Keith Family Vision Clinic in Johnson City said they were cutting ties with Holt, the outlet said.
The company confirmed that Holt had worked there, but toldthe Johnson City Pressshe was no longer employed as of Monday.
“The biggest thing to take away from this is just to realize that racism is in your community however much you think it might not be,” said Sierra Gilmer, who shot the video.
“There are a lot of people that reached out to me saying that they didn’t realize that this was happening in Elizabethton and they didn’t realize there were people there like that.”
Holt’s caught-on-video rant came during a rally at the Covered Park Bridge in Elizabethton organized by the New Panther Initiative, the paper said.