Social media has morphed from a cute little platform for sharing funny pics and links to a truth-telling device that confirms that racism is alive and well in America.
Ask ex-Washington Wizard player Etan Thomas; he knows how to use it to his advantage.
Thomas, a universally accepted all-around great guy, adoring father, and advocate for student athletes, has taken to Facebook before to air stupidity out—including the creepy cover of R. Kelly’s 2013 Black Panties album.
In this instance, he blew a woman’s spot all the way up, and took her photo for good measure. The post, which went up on Friday night, has more than 1,600 comments, 8,000 shares and 30,000 likes.
It all began, according to Thomas, when he asked a woman politely and in a “softened” voice if the seat next to her was taken. The woman said it was. Two minutes later, Thomas says, a white guy comes along, asks the same question, and is offered the seat, with the woman even moving her stuff for him.
Thomas, who said he “had to say something,” gets up and asks the woman, “Did you just not want ME to sit next to you? Were you scared? Not comfortable with a Black Man sitting next to you?”
According to Thomas, the woman actually had the audacity to part her lips and say, “Don’t pull the race card stuff with me, I dated a Black guy in college.”
Thomas said he had to take a photo of the woman for Facebook, and she said she was going to get the law on him (in this case report him to the conductor) for illegally taking her photo (the man who sat next to the woman looks mortified, by the way).
Source: The Root | ANGELA BRONNER HELM