Georgia state lawmaker claims she was the subject of a vicious verbal attack as she shopped for items in a Publix grocery store over the weekend.
“Today I was verbally assaulted in the grocery store by a white man who told meI was a lazy SOB and to go back too where I came from bc I had to many items in the express lane,” she wrote. “My husband wasn’t there to defend me because he is on Active Duty serving the country I came from USA!
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Rep. Erica Thomas took to social media in tears to describe a horrific encounter she had with a customer who called her a “lazy” and told her to “go back to where you came from,” in front of her daughter.
Thomas says she stood in the express lane with 15 items, more than the allotted 10 item amount because she is currently nine months pregnant and is unable to stand for long periods of time. She says a man then approached her and began publicly berating her.
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“It hurt me so bad, I’m sorry y’all because everything in me just wanted to tell him who I am and how I know, but I couldn’t get anything out, I could just tell him, ‘Please leave me alone, please!’” Thomas said.
Thomas’ story hit far and wide after the week’s events of watching the president berate four minority freshman congresswomen using the same language. Many argued in Thomas’ comments that Trump’s language has emboldened this type of behavior.
The state lawmaker serves Georgia’s District 39 and was voted into office in 2014, she is also the founder of a nonprofit titled “Speak Out Loud,” which provides services catering to foster children.
During an interview with local reporters, Thomas was interrupted by her alleged attacker, Eric Sparkes who again taunted her by threatening to call the police over her claims. Sparkes denies that he told Thomas to “go back to where you came from.”
This story was originally posted on madamenoire.com.
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1. Sistas Supporting Sistas In The 2018 MidtermsSource: 1 of 26
2. Lucy McBath, GeorgiaSource: 2 of 26
3. Stacey Abrams, GeorgiaSource: 3 of 26
4. Deidre DeJear, IowaSource: 4 of 26
5. Ayana Pressley, MassachusettsSource: 5 of 26
6. Jahana Haynes, ConnecticutSource: 6 of 26
7. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, CaliforniaSource: 7 of 26
8. Adrienne Bell, TexasSource: 8 of 26
9. Ilhan Omar, MinnesotaSource: 9 of 26
10. Cat Brooks, CaliforniaSource: 10 of 26
11. Dr. Vanessa Enoch, Ohio
Source: 11 of 26
For too long we've had representatives who aren't concerned with what we have to say or the issues we care about. I'm fighting to change that by running for Congress.— Vanessa Enoch, Ph.D. (@DrVEnoch) July 27, 2018
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12. Stephany Rose Spaulding, Colorado
Source: 12 of 26
13. Yvonne Hayes Hinson, Florida
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I am proud to announce our banner of endorsements. Thank you to the organizations who endorsed our campaign. @FLAFLCIO @MomsDemand @progressivedemsfl @dwcfl@leap_forward— Florida Representative D20 Yvonne Hinson (@YvonneHinsonFL) September 29, 2018
14. Dee Thorton, Indiana
Source: 14 of 26
This campaign isn't about special interest groups or rigging the rules for a select few. It's about fighting for affordable healthcare, good paying jobs, quality education, and a better future for ALL of us. #VoteThornton #FlinIN05 #GameOn pic.twitter.com/UW7qLfAcCE— Dee Thornton (@DThorntonGO) October 2, 2018
15. Tish James, New YorkSource: 15 of 26
16. Janice Laws, Georgia
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17. Juliana Stratton, Illinois
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This morning, @JBPritzker and I were joined by Secretary of State @JesseWhite2018, Comptroller @susanamendoza10, and State Sen. @KwameRaoul at an event at Southland Ministerial Health Network in Calumet Park. pic.twitter.com/vkdcV8bHBO— Juliana Stratton (@JulianaforLG) October 17, 2018
18. Lauren Underwood, lllinoisSource: 18 of 26
19. Linda Coleman, North Carolina
Source: 19 of 26
ICYMI: Last week, I received the endorsement of the @newsobserver. I am honored to have their endorsement and I appreciate their unwavering commitment to delivering the truth across #NC02 and beyond. #FightingForOurValues #LindaListens pic.twitter.com/yUxVMIX958— Linda Coleman For Congress (@LindaForNC) October 26, 2018
20. Kimberly Fobbs, OklahomaSource: 20 of 26
21. Rosalyn Glenn, South CarolinaSource: 21 of 26
22. Jeannine Lee Lake, Indiana
Source: 22 of 26
One of the biggest reasons ppl don't vote or vote str8 ticket is because they feel they don't understand the candidates. I'll change that! We'll bring Hoosier values to Washington & it starts with bringing #ChangeInTheHeartland— Jeannine Lake (@JeannineLeeLake) October 23, 2018
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24. Kiana Maria Sears, ArizonaSource: 24 of 26
25. Cara McClure, Alabama
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