Whoa! This was an unexpected flip in the narrative!
Georgia State Representative Erica Thomas got 15-minutes of fame for her tear-filled Facebook video claiming that a “white” man harassed her and called her a “son of a b*tch” when she was at a Cobb County grocery store was posted on July 19.
Now that she’s doubling down after new details have emerged, State Rep. Thomas should be prepared for a lifetime of infamy.
Her tweet exposing the terrible oppression that she suffered in the Publix Express Lane was admittedly an intersectional masterpiece. In it, she was claiming victim status because:
- she’s black
- she’s a Democratic state representative (you know how oppressed those in power are!)
- her husband is in the military
- she’s American
In her Facebook video, she upped the ante by making sure to mention that she was pregnant, had her 9-year old with her and was wearing an “I Stand With Planned Parenthood” t-shirt. Thomas admitted that she was using the Express Lane with too many items.
Today I was verbally assaulted in the grocery store by a white man who told me I was a lazy SOB and to go back to where I came from bc I had to many items in the express lane. My husband wasn’t there to defend me because he is on Active Duty serving the country I came from USA!
— Erica Thomas (@itsericathomas) July 20, 2019
So, you see what’s happening here… Thomas has said a white man who saw a pregnant black woman wearing an “I Stand With Planned Parenthood” shirt in a checkout line with her daughter and no father present has made some bigoted determination of who she is based on her appearance. And he did it because of… Trump! Oh, yes. It’s all Trump’s fault for stoking white nationalism despite constantly denouncing white nationalism.
Meanwhile, the rest of us are thinking that both of these people sound like hyper-sensitive a-holes. Too many items in the Express Lane might get you a passive-aggressive sigh or, more likely, just the quiet judgment of your peers.
Generally, it’s not grounds for a confrontation. It’s rude to violate the sacred rules of the Express Lane checkout, but most people will just think you’re a jerk for doing it and not say a word.
This was a nontroversy that Thomas wanted to make into a Big Freaking Deal™ because… Trump!
Thomas says that “the hate is real” and we’re living in terrible times where a pregnant black woman can be treated this way at a Publix Express Lane! It’s like… worse than Jim Crowe, right?
Ok, so maybe she didn’t go that far, but she did post a tearful accusation and calls her daughter to show on video how traumatized they both were when the bad white man said the bad mean things.
I’m about to be very Transparent because this racism and hate is getting out of control! I feared for my life!
Posted by Erica Thomas on Friday, July 19, 2019
But then… when you go public, pesky things like facts come out. Like the guy that she has accused of being a racist, Eric Sparkes, is not white, but a Cuban Democrat who hates Trump. He says that a state lawmaker is using an incident for political purposes.
Watch Sparkes respond to the accusation:
She didn’t like that he showed up at her presser. This is her chance to grab the nation’s attention, dammit!
— Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) July 21, 2019
Her post-presser interview kept up the intersectional nonsense.
But then, Thomas also seems to completely walk it back.
Viral video from @itsericathomas: "This white man comes up to me and says … 'You need to go back where you came from.'"
24 hours later: "I don't want to say he said 'go back to your country' or 'go back to where you came from,' but he was making those types of references" pic.twitter.com/OKmpgNbjAX
— Matt Wolking (@MattWolking) July 21, 2019
After there were critiques about her seemingly contradictory statements and Sparkes coming forward about who he is, Thomas decided she needed to have another presser. And this time, she was all lawyered-up.
She’s ratcheting it up further by claiming that she was “scared for her life.”
The problem was that the more she speaks, the more her statements were all over the map.
So Eric Sparkes admits to approaching me and verbally assulting me in front of my 9 year and but not the rest of his statements. You sounds like a coward to me and that’s fine you will think twice before you berate any one again!You keep lying we have witnesses that will testify! pic.twitter.com/HRWTBZ89SC
— Erica Thomas (@itsericathomas) July 21, 2019
Because the internet is forever, it turns out that Erica Thomas is a huge Jussie Smollett fan. Of course she is.
— Erica Thomas (@itsericathomas) March 21, 2015
So, to sum up…
Erica Thomas wanted to make sure that people didn't think she was "backtracking on her statement"
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) July 22, 2019
A State lawmaker is accusing a private citizen of racism and is getting a platform because, truthfully, she has the public profile and therefore wields the narrative power in this little interaction. Thomas is milking it for all it’s worth.
But now it seems that yet another a little detail in this saga was overlooked. A witness to the interaction said that it was Thomas that said “Go back” to Sparkes and not the other way around.
A Publix employee told a Cobb County officer that she witnessed part of the conversation and heard Thomas “continuously tell Eric Sparkes to ‘Go back where you came from!’” but did not hear Sparkes utter those words to Thomas.
Thomas even admitted that she said as much to Sparkes the day of her first presser, but insists that it was after Sparkes first said it to her.
Why aren't more people talking about the fact that Erica Thomas actually told HIM to go back!? She admits she told a Cuban man to "go back"… smh pic.twitter.com/DLYRtCChPR
— Jon Miller (@MillerStream) July 22, 2019
Both Thomas and Sparkes have asked for the video to be released as they both believe that it will back up their version of the incident.
The police report reveals that Thomas has a bit of a credibility problem, however. Her version of events doesn’t line up with what is on the surveillance footage. Also, Thomas’s claim that she “feared for her life” seems to be all B.S. since 1) Thomas is a full head taller than Sparkes; and 2) Sparkes quickly stepped away from her when she approached him during the confrontation.
He wrote that Sparkes “did not appear to be irate” during the confrontation or to have approached her with “clenched fists,” as Thomas asserted to the officer. He also wrote that Sparkes quickly retreated from Thomas as she moved his way “pointing her finger at him.”
When she moved toward Sparkes a second time, a Publix staffer waved for him to leave and Thomas turned to her daughter and paid for her items, according to the report. The dispute lasted about 45 seconds, the officer wrote, and Thomas’ 9-year-old was seen “smiling shortly after.”
So much for her traumatized daughter.
Two witnesses that spoke to police disagree with Thomas’s version of events.
The Publix employee, a customer service manager, told police that after Sparkes accosted Thomas he began to leave but “Ms. Thomas kept ‘running her mouth’ as she approached him.” Sparkes, she said, responded by repeatedly calling Thomas “ignorant.”
This unidentified Publix employee also said that she did not recall hearing expletives, but another employee did hear Sparkes using foul language towards Thomas. He didn’t hear the “go back to where you came from” statement, though.
Another Publix staffer, Derrick Tompkins, told police he heard Sparkes call Thomas an expletive. Tompkins told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he didn’t hear him tell her to “go back” to where she came from.
“I’m not going to say that wasn’t said, but I don’t remember hearing it,” he said in an interview. “I’m going to leave it at that.”
Police say that no charges are going being laid in the incident. Sparkes has blasted the Media(D) for jumping on the story without fact-checking.
In a statement on Tuesday, Sparkes said he wasn’t surprised that Cobb authorities decided not to file charges and added Wednesday that the police report “speaks for itself.” He also blasted media coverage of the incident.
“Everyone that knows me knows that I am anti-hate, anti-bigot and anti-racism,” he said, adding: “Sadly, too much of media isn’t fact-checking items or they are just taking the word of a politician when they do a live Facebook or a Twitter post.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Thomas said in her video that “the hate is real” and yes, it is. The hate for President Trump and anyone who is to the right of Karl Marx is now persona non grata and must be banished into the outer darkness where there is much weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Leftists and the Media (D) keep pushing these stories because, despite constantly being revealed as hoaxes, the overall narrative is true, you see. They really believe that President Trump and anyone willing to vote for him is a terrible, horrible, no good racist. It just can’t be about policy, it just can’t!
They just haven’t found actual evidence of said narrative… yet. But it’s coming. Any day now…
Good job, Leftists! Good job.
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