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A black state lawmaker in Georgia said she was approached by a white man in a Publix grocery store and told “to go back where you came from.”
State Rep. Erica Thomas described the alleged incident in an emotional Facebook Live video on Friday.
The article goes on to state the following:
“This white man comes up to me and says, ‘You lazy son of a bitch. … You need to go back where you came from,'” she said. “I said, ‘Sir, you don’t even know me. I’m not lazy. I’m nine months pregnant.’”
Thomas’ video (see below) has gone viral. Surveillance footage of the alleged incident has been discovered and police are investigating, according to WSB-TV.
The incident comes after President Donald J.Trump told a group of progressive congresswomen known as the “Squad” -Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley(Mass.)- to “go back” to their home countries in reaction to their comments about America, which he described as “disgusting.”
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
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
— The Hill (@thehill) July 20, 2019
Erica Thomas, a black Georgia state rep, said she was harassed at a grocery store by a white man who she said called her ignorant and told her to “go back” where she came from.
“There’s so much hate in this world and it’s being incited by our president.” https://t.co/NIlOakY5mA
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 20, 2019
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