“Sparkes said he’s a Democrat and was being unjustly attacked for political purposes”
Georgia State Rep. Erica Thomas (D) claims to have been “verbally assaulted” by a white man at a Publix and told to “go back where you came from.” Apparently, Thomas was in the 10 Items or Less lane, and Eric Sparkes didn’t like that and commented to her about it.
Thomas went on Facebook and filmed a tearful tirade about how she was berated, called names, and told to go back where she came from. She also says that he told her to “go back to your country.”
A white man has admitted cursing at a pregnant black Georgia lawmaker for taking too many items into a supermarket express lane but denies telling her, “go back where you came from.”
Eric Sparkes showed up during a WSB-TV interview with Rep. Erica Thomas of Austell on Saturday, outside the Atlanta-area store where the incident occurred , the station reported .
He denied making any racially charged comment, adding, “I am Cuban.”
Thomas confronted Sparkes in front of reporters and said he had “degraded and berated” her.
She has told The Associated Press she notified police and will seek store video.
As a result of Thomas’ video, the incident went viral and a range of people from Democrat presidential hopefuls to celebrities to random Twitter users all piled on. #IStandWithErica was formed, and everyone who was anyone was outraged by the outrage. Because Trump.
Here’s Thomas’ tweet about the incident:
And here’s a sampling of the response from the left:
These are the consequences of a president who foments hate every day—and sees our diversity not as a strength but as a weakness. Erica, thank you for serving your state and thanks to your husband for serving our country. We are better than this, and together, we will prove it. https://t.co/eCrdZFgAPl
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) July 20, 2019
— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) July 20, 2019
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
The outrage continued unabated until Sparkes stepped forward to tell his side of the story.
It appears that @tedlieu has deleted his #IStandwithErica tweet now that her story is being walked back. This isn't the first time this has happened. Maybe next time he will wait to find out the facts before using a story to try to score political points? pic.twitter.com/1I2SmqK3DB
— AG (@AGHamilton29) July 21, 2019
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) July 21, 2019
A lifelong Democrat who uses his own Facebook page to rail against President Trump and Republicans, Sparkes is upset because he feels that he is being smeared by Thomas “for political gain.”
Georgia Democrat Erica Thomas claims a "white man" told her to "go back to where I came from"
The guy is a Cuban Democrat and he says that he didn't say that and that she is doing this for political gain
He defended "the squad" this week on Facebook against Trump's attacks pic.twitter.com/ldWvrYGyqJ
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 20, 2019
Now Thomas is walking back her accusations and claiming that Sparkes “can’t get away” with the “simple assault” against her because “people just can’t go out in public and berate people.”
Erica Thomas is now walking about her claim that she was told to "go back to your country." pic.twitter.com/mMVhT2QSEk
— Boomieleaks (@Boomieleaks) July 21, 2019
Watch the confrontation between Thomas and Sparkes the day following the incident:
Towards the end of the interview, Sparkes insists that he is not racist and that he cannot abide bigotry and racism, having experienced it himself as a boy whose grandmother could not speak English.
Sparkes said she told him the same thing, and he responded, “It doesn’t matter during this case … There’s two empty lines — you don’t need to be in the express lane.”
In an exchange shown on video, Thomas asked, “What did you say to me then?”
“I called you a lazy bitch. That’s the worst thing I said,” Sparkes answered.
Thomas said Sparkes was just trying to make himself look better.
Sparkes said he’s a Democrat and was being unjustly attacked for political purposes.
. . . . During the television interview, she said Sparkes “needs to be held accountable because people can’t just go out and berate pregnant women.”
Here’s that interview in full:DONATE
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