Oklahoma Nurse Fired for Native American Joke

Durant, Oklahoma- Social media is ablaze following a Snapchat post that went out this past weekend. A nurse that was working a tribal softball game snapped a private photo of herself allegedly calling the players “fat Natives” and many people are offended and have taken to social media with their outrage.

Jill White sent a personal Snapchat to a group of friends but it quickly became public. White was wearing her nurse name badge when she took a selfie with a caption under the photo that said:

“My Fake smile. Excited to go make sure a bunch of fat natives don’t stroke out playing softball. With no shoes or shirts on.”

White was working the Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival when she sent out the snap. The original snap was erased but it was shared several times.  A friend of White, who is of Choctaw decent said that the Snapchat post was taken out of context.

Josh Muncy sent an email to the Choctaw Nation Cheif saying, it was an inside joke about a name he wanted to give his softball team because he said that they’re overweight and Native American. He said White would have to give them CPR if he or his teammates pass out, and it was not intended or directed at the Choctaw people.

Chief Gary Batton sent News 4 out of Oklahoma City a statement that read, “We are aware of the situation and it is being handled appropriately.”

Some people on Facebook think the appropriate way to handle the situation is to fire White, while others say that this moment and situation should be used as a teaching moment.

What Do You Think?

What should happen to Jill White? The Choctaw nation has fired White, but was this the best end result in this situation? Is her “offensive” Snapchat sent to her private list of friends worth her job? What if the shoes were on your feet and someone took one of your Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook,  or Instagram posts and put it out there for all to see?

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