Sonya Holt is the most recent addition to the Karens list of the United States. Recently, Americans use the name Karen to refer to white women who either show entitled behavior or speak racist remarks or both.
On July 4, 2020, members of the Black Lives Matter group New Panther Initiative and other supporters gathered at Covered Bridge Park in Elizabethton, Tennessee, USA and Holt was among those who went there as counter-protesters. Here are 13 more things about here:
- She hails from Elizabethton. She was rumored to be an employee of the Carter County Schools but the school district denied this.
- The rally at Covered Bridge Park marked the first time she attended a rally. She claimed that her intention was to show support for police officers. During the rally, she told WCYB, “We need to stand united. We are America. We’re not black. We’re not yellow. We’re not white. We are America.”
- She was standing at the rally with a right-wing group with Confederate flags.
- She was caught on tape hurling racist remarks to Sierra Gilmer, a 16-year-old board member of the social justice advocate group New Generation Freedom Fighters. She told the teenage activist that “white lives matter” and “white lives are better” and even referred to her as “black, twisted, crazy person.”
- Beside her is a man also caught on tape telling Gilmer that white people should have kept black people as slaves. She claimed that she did not know the man, who is a former employee at Big Dan’s BBQ in Elizabethton.
- In the same rally, she was caught on tape telling another protester named Seth Loven, “You’re a gay homosexual piece of crap who’s going to burn in hell.”
- She was wearing black sunglasses and holding a flip phone at the rally.
- She was wearing a T-shirt bearing the name of the Tennessee Volunteers (Vols), the male varsity intercollegiate athletics programs representing the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee.
- Former Vols football player Darrell Taylor condemned her actions at the rally.
- She used to work at Keith Family Vision Clinic in Johnson City, Tennessee.
- On July 6, 2020, Keith Family Vision Clinic confirmed that she was no longer their employee.
- Her racist remarks caught on tape earned her the names the Covered Bridge Karen and the East Tennessee Karen.
- On July 7, 2020, she apologized to both Gilmer and Loven in an interview with WJHL. She said she would have never spoken to Gilmer if she had known she was a minor and claimed that she just lashed out after Loven repeatedly called her Ku Klux Karen because of her haircut. Loven denied this and he is not heard saying such in the video of the incident.
(This is a developing story. More details will be added as soon as they are available.)