Tabitha Duncan, 20, is a waitress from Missouri who was fired from her service job at the Social Bar & Grill after she was seen on film using the N-word.
Duncan, otherwise known as ‘Tabby’, was recorded on the social media platform SnapChat talking about going ‘n****r hunting’. In the video, Duncan is seen saying the ‘n-word’ while drinking a beer as she rides on top of a pick-up truck.
The 15-second video was posted to Facebook on Sunday, June 10, and quickly went viral.
The Social Bar & Grill — Duncan’s former place of employment — is located at 4265 Reavis Barracks Road in St. Louis, Missouri. The establishment quickly terminated Duncan and released the following statement.
“Social Bar & Grill and it’s owners have recently become aware of a vile, disgusting, and offensive video made by one of its employees. Upon learning of this, Social Bar & grill immediately terminated this employee as soon as they could reach her! The incendiary comments made by this employee absolutely DOES not represent the views, opinions, and politics of Social Bar & Grill and it’s owners. Noir will they be tolerated in any fashion. Social Bar & Grill and it’s owners continue to encourage and seek diversity in its restaurant,” the restaurant said in a statement on Facebook .”
Furthermore, The Riverfront Times reports that Duncan recently joined the United States Air Force. At this time, the USAF is currently “looking into the matter.” While it’s not clear where the video was filmed, Duncan lives in Jefferson County, Missouri.
The US Air Force released the following statement:
“We have been made aware of a video online of an alleged reserve Airman who made racially insensitive comments. We are looking into the matter and we appreciate this being brought to our attention. The U.S. Air Force values diversity and inclusion; our Airmen come together to produce an incredible team that can accomplish any mission and overcome any challenge. We believe that our greatest asset is our diverse, innovative and technically-savvy workforce. Our Airmen come from all backgrounds and remarks such as these do not fall in line with our culture. We take incidents like this very seriously and action will be taken upon further investigation as necessary.”
In response to the video, Duncan has said that she is not racist and insists that she was intoxicated and that she has black friends.
“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),” Duncan said.