Lawmaker backtracks after accusing man of racism

Georgia state Rep. Erica Thomas, who asserted in a Facebook post that a white man at a grocery store told her to "Go back to where you came from!" seems to be less sure that the encounter was exactly how she remembered.

After telling reporters Saturday that a white man had verbally accosted her and her daughter telling them to "go back" to where they came from in a racially charged tirade, Thomas was interrupted by the accused man himself, Eric Sparkes, who told a very different story.


Sparkes accused Thomas of faking the story for political purposes, saying he was, in fact, a Cuban American Democrat who was simply irritated that she brought so many groceries to the express checkout lane.

Thomas then seemed to backtrack on her story later in the day.

During an interview she said, saying, "I don't know if he said 'go back,' or those types of words ... I don't know if 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."

A local reporter asked her, "So you don't remember exactly what he said?"

Thomas replied, "No, no, definitely not. But I know it was 'go back' because I know I told him to 'go back.'"


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