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Surveillance Video Comes Out of Moment Democrat Lawmaker Says She Was Victim of Racism

As if Georgia state Rep. Erica Thomas’ account of an altercation in a Publix grocery store wasn’t convoluted enough, surveillance video has now emerged that appears to contradict her ever-changing story.

Thomas, who is black, initially accused a “white man” named Eric Sparkes of telling her “you need to go back where you came from,” according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

But in a later interview, Thomas walked back her comments.

“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, is what I remember,” she said.

Sparkes, who said he is Cuban, not white, and a Democrat, admitted to calling Thomas a “selfish little b—-” but denied telling Thomas to “go back” anywhere.

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According to witnesses, it was Thomas who was making those kinds of remarks.

A customer service manager at Publix told police she heard Thomas tell Sparkes to “go back where you came from,” according to WXIA-TV in Atlanta.

Another witness, Publix employee Derrick Tompkins, said he didn’t remember hearing Sparkes saying “go back,” The Journal-Constitution reported.

Sparkes said he was calling out Thomas for having too many items in an express lane, which she acknowledged, saying she has difficulty standing for long because she is pregnant.

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The newly released video shows Sparkes talking with Thomas and pointing toward the checkout lane.

Sparkes then walks away.

Seconds later, Thomas rushes toward Sparkes and points at him, appearing to speak to him before walking back to the checkout lane.

Watch the silent video below:

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The incident has become national news, with Sparkes commenting on the broader implications of the story.

“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,” Sparkes said in a statement.

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Bradley Evans has been an editor with The Western Journal since 2019. A graduate of Grove City College, he has previously served on the editorial staff of The American Spectator.
Bradley Evans has been an editor with The Western Journal since 2019. A graduate of Grove City College, he has previously served on the editorial staff of The American Spectator.




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