NBC News reports:
An Elizabethton woman has been fired after yelling racial and homophobic slurs at a Black Lives Matter rally this weekend. Keith Family Vision Clinic in Johnson City confirms Sonya Holt is no longer an employee there. She is the subject of a video that went viral over the weekend.
In the video, Holt is seen chanting, “White lives matter. White lives are better.” She yells at another protester, “You’re a gay homosexual piece of crap who’s going to burn in hell.” The clinic did not respond to our request for an interview.
Johnson City’s ABC affiliate reports:
In a more than 20-minute phone interview with News Channel 11’s Kaylyn Kluck, Sonya Holt expressed regret for her now viral comments. Holt agreed to speak with us over the phone, but did not want to do an on-camera interview.
“I would like to apologize to the little girl. I did not know that she was a minor. If I had known she was a minor, I would have never spoken to her. That comment about me saying ‘silly little black girl’ – I would have said that if it was a white girl. I would have said ‘silly little white girl.’
“So I do apologize for saying that. I did not mean to demean anybody. Of course I apologize to her family. I did not know she was a minor. I am very, very, sorry for that,” Holt said.
WATCH: “WHITE LIVES MATTER! You’re just a poor little black girl with a messed up mind.”
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