'This Is Intolerable': Air Force Fires Woman in Viral Video

Tabitha Duncan, 20, is getting booted from the Air Force
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2018 3:30 PM CDT
'This Is Intolerable': Air Force Fires Woman in Racist Video
Tabitha Duncan, 20, in the offending video.   (YouTube)

A Missouri woman who was booted from the Air Force for appearing in a racist Snapchat video says she "was drunk" and needs "to seek help," the Air Force Times reports. Tabitha Duncan, 20, appeared in the recent video driving along a dark road with others who used the n-word. "So we going n----r hunting today or what?" says one of them, per the Daily News. Another pipes up, "We're going n----r hunting," and Duncan adds, "You get them n-----s." Posted on Facebook last Sunday, it caused a firestorm of online criticism and led the Air Force to release her just days after she had enlisted.

Duncan "is in the process of being released from her enlistment in the Air Force," said Lt. Col. Chad Gibson in an email. "The video ... is intolerable and does not reflect the values of the Air Force." Duncan was also fired from her waitressing job at the Social Bar & Grill in St. Louis, which released a statement calling the video "vile, disgusting and offensive." Duncan, meanwhile, says she's "so sorry" for what happened. "I was intoxicated," she says. "I have black friends, I have black people in my family, I didn't mean it. I didn't know that I was being (recorded)." She adds, "I didn't mean to hurt anybody, I was drunk. I need to seek help." (More Missouri stories.)

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