What’s Going on? Confrontation Between Black Georgia Lawmaker Who Says She Was Racially Abused in a Supermarket Checkout Line and the Man Who Denies Telling Her ‘Go Back to Where You Came From’, but Does Admit Calling Her a ‘Lazy B***h’

This is the shocking on-camera, parking lot confrontation between Georgia Rep. Erica Thomas and the white man she claims told her ‘go back to where you came from’ – as he denied the allegation but admitted he branded her a ‘lazy b***h’.

Rep. Thomas of Austell, Georgia, was waiting to be interviewed about the ordeal on Saturday outside the Publix store in Mableton – where the incident occurred the previous day.

Suddenly she spotted the man, Eric Sparkes, who had hurled the abuse at her at the supermarket checkout line, from across the lot. So she decided to confront him.


‘If you know how you made me feel yesterday,’ Thomas started to say to Sparkes as the WSB-TV‘s cameras rolled.

‘Back off,’ Sparkes hit back.

As the confrontation continued, Sparkes accused Thomas, who is due to give birth in three weeks, of lying.

 She said, ‘I’m a liar about what?’

‘Everything that happened,’ Sparkes said replied.

‘Do you feel bad?’ Thomas asked, referring to what she had claimed he said the previous day in her Facebook video.

‘Me telling you to “Go back where you came from.” Did I say that?’ Sparkes interrupted. ‘Is it on video?’ Sparkes challenged her.

‘What did you say to me then,’ she said.

It was at this point that Sparkes admitted that ‘I called you a lazy (expletive),’ quickly adding that ‘That’s the worst thing I said.’

‘Yeah, that makes you look better to say that,’ Thomas scoffed.

The confrontation occurred the day after Thomas took to Facebook to post a tearful video about the ordeal.

In it she described how she and her nine-year-old daughter had just returned from the supermarket, where Sparkes had cursed at her, calling her a ‘lazy son of a b***h’ and allegedly telling her ‘You need to go back where you came from.’

The alleged verbal onslaught began, Thomas said, because the man was upset that she had 15 items while checking out in the 10 items of less line.

Thomas said that she had used the express checkout line, despite having more than the stated items, because she is nine months pregnant and has trouble standing for long.

She said that she didn’t tell the man that she is a state representative, but instead said, ‘Sir, you don’t even know me. I’m not lazy. I’m nine months pregnant.’

Thomas said that Publix workers eventually told the man to leave the store and that she was scared to leave the store in case he came at her with a gun in the parking lot.

The video went viral and the hashtag #IStandwithErica trended on Twitter.

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Source: Daily Mail

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