Kerfuffle: Black GA state rep claims white man told her to ‘go back where she came from’

Kerfuffle: Black GA state rep claims white man told her to ‘go back where she came from’
Erica Thomas (Image: 11 Alive screen grab)

In the wake of Donald’s Trump controversial and widely misconstrued comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar, expect a spate of stories in which a person of color claims that he was told by a person of pallor to go back where he came from. In one such story currently getting some play in the media and on the interwebs, Georgia state lawmaker Erica Thomas insists being the recipient of those chilling words — or a reasonable facsimile of them — while grocery shopping.

According to USA Today, Thomas says she “feared for her life” after being told to “go back to where you came from” by a white customer behind her in the express checkout line who was miffed that she had more items than the maximum number allowed.

Thomas explained that, because she was pregnant, she needed a faster checkout line. According to Thomas, a store employee later came by and asked the man to leave the store. Neither the man nor the employee for Publix, the grocery store chain, are named in the video.

The man, however, has come forward and agreed to an interview in front of news cameras in which he admits calling Thomas the B-word but denies having told her to go back where she came from. He also maintains that he is Cuban and therefore — one guesses — gets a free ride in kerfuffles like this one.

Needless to say, this non-story took on legs when Democratic lawmakers, including presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke, became embroiled in the incident, tweeting their support for Thomas using the hashtag #IStandWithErica.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.