State representative Erica Thomas of Georgia said she was verbally attacked in a supermarket Friday by a middle-aged white man who used profanity, called her vulgar names and told her to “go back where you came from” as her nine-year-old daughter was with her. 

Thomas, who is nine months pregnant, said the man became irate because she was in the express line with too many items. Thomas said she was in a line for customers with 10 items or less because she cannot stand for long periods of time.

“And this white man comes up to me and says, ‘You lazy son of a bitch,”’ Thomas said. He says, ‘You lazy son of a bitch; you need to go back where you came from. I said, ‘Sir, you don’t even know me. I’m not lazy. I’m nine months pregnant.”

Thomas said she never identified herself to the man as a public official. She said she was so taken aback by his actions that she didn’t think to try to record them. She also said a store employee approached the man at some point and told him to leave but she believes store employees were slow to respond to the assault. Thomas notified the police and said that she would seek store video of the incident.

Her Facebook video detailing what happened to her has gone viral on Twitter and has created the hashtag #IStandWithErica from tons of supporters.

Hubert Brown Jr