Erica Thomas Lied: They All Hear What They Want to Hear
Maybe, if we’re not being charitable, and Thomas really tried to stir up racial animosity, she should resign. But maybe she really believed she lives in a world where, in a city overwhelmingly made up of racial minorities, a racist Trump voter hides behind every cash register. To me, that’s troubling.It’s more troubling that the media and liberal Twitter, on a hair trigger, are ready to turn every grocery store incident into Rodney King. They are all hearing what they want to hear.
State Rep Erica Thomas accused a white man of telling her to “go back where you came from” at a Publix supermarket, because he was upset that she had too many items at the express lane. Here’s the tearful video she streamed live on Facebook.
Thomas is nine months pregnant. In a WSB interview, the man, Eric Sparkes, showed up to defend himself. He admitted he called her a vulgar term, but denied any racial slurs. Sparkes said he is a Democrat and Cuban.
But it was too late, because #IStandWithErica already has gone viral, and the liberal mob makes no distinctions when it pounces. Mr. Sparkes is already canceled.
The thing is, Thomas already admitted she lied. “I don’t wanna say he said ‘go back to your country’ or ‘go back to where you came from,’ but he was making those types of references,” she told WSB.
Sparkes is white like George Zimmermann is a “white hispanic.” He’s white only in the context that a black person is a presumed victim of his presumed racism. People can’t deal with problems themselves anymore–even the small issues that very pregnant women have at the grocery checkout. (Being a father and husband I am well aware of those incidents.)
No, it has to be racism. It has to exactly parrot what a crowd of Trumpists shouted at a rally. It has to exactly match what the president tweeted about Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s Suicide Squad. People hear what they want to hear, and state rep Thomas’s ears can only hear “Orange Man Bad.”
It’s not like she lives in a white supremacist district. Georgia House District 39, which Thomas represents, covers the western Atlanta suburbs from roughly Austell to Mableton. To give you a flavor here: of Austell’s 7,215 citizens, 4,085 are African-American, and only 2,402 are white; 48 percent of Mableton’s 39,745 residents are African-American, with whites making up 41 percent.
Thomas won her primary 2,420 votes out of 4,533 cast in 2018, beating a field of three other Democrats (at least two of whom were black). She pummeled Republican James Morrow, who is also black, 83.2 to 18.8 percent, with 19,952 votes cast. It’s likely in such a place that if a racial slur was thrown in public, it would be noticed quickly. It’s likely that anyone copycatting President Trump in a supermarket checkout would be met with some stares and other responses.
But in reality, Eric Sparkes was simply upset that someone had too many items in the express lane. It happens. He mentioned it, and the pregnant lady responded as pregnant ladies do. Sparkes escalated, calling her a “b***h,” according to his account. Thomas heard what she wanted to hear.
And the liberals pounced.
Erick Erickson, the proprietor of this site, thinks Thomas, deputy minority leader of the Georgia house of representatives, should resign.
Maybe, if we’re not being charitable, and Thomas really tried to stir up racial animosity, she should resign. But maybe she really believed she lives in a world where, in a city overwhelmingly made up of racial minorities, a racist Trump voter hides behind every cash register. To me, that’s troubling.
It’s more troubling that the media and liberal Twitter, on a hair trigger, are ready to turn every grocery store incident into Rodney King. They are all hearing what they want to hear.