Georgia state Democratic lawmaker Erica Thomas seems to admit Eric Sparkes didn’t tell her to “go back where you came from,” but was “making those types of references.” He did admit he called her a “lazy son of a b*tch.”
“I don’t want to say he said, ‘Go back to your country,’ or ‘Go back to where you came from,'” Thomas told the WSB-TV reporter after the interview where she clashed with Sparkes. “But he was making those types of references is what I remember,” she added.
The video of Thomas, who says she is nine months pregnant, went viral, along with the hashtag #IStandWithErica and has now sparked the hashtag #HateHoax. Some of dismissing this as another Jussie Smollett hoax incident, while others, mostly Donald Trump supporters are gleefully spinning this as he’s not a racist. Let’s not conflate the two.
We have a serious problem in this Country when @itsericathomas is subjected to racism in a Cobb County @Publix in front of her daughter. #gapol. #IStandwithErica thank you @RenittaShannon for alerting me and the @NAACPGA. #NoPlaceforHate. pic.twitter.com/hN5HDS4aG9
— Gerald A. Griggs (@AttorneyGriggs) July 20, 2019
My own personal feeling is that Eric Sparkes had no right to say anything to this woman because about being in the check-out line with 15 items, when it called for 10 items. That’s none of his business. Plus, which decent person attacks a pregnant woman? Verbally or otherwise, and in front of her child?
I am always reluctant to weigh in on these types of incidents because I fear they will pan out like the Smollett case but we cannot lose sight of the fact that the so-called president is trying to divide this country along racial lines.
We really, really don’t need this kind of distraction right now. Before you accuse someone of being racist, make sure you are 100 percent correct. We are currently dealing with a situation at the highest level of the U.S. government that needs to be fixed…voting the Racist-in-Chief out of office.