*Etan Thomas is an ex-NBA player and he wants to get something off his chest. Actually he got something off his chest and exposed some racism at the same time via social media.
Apparently what he had to say resonated with a lot of folks. Friday night Thomas took to Facebook to tell his tale and so far the post has more accumulated more than 2100 comments, 12,000 shares and 45,000 likes.
Holy crap! That’s a lot of people feeling what this guy has to say. So what did happen? What prompted him make the post?
According to Thomas it began when he was on the train and politely asked a (white) woman 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 accommodating him by moving her belongings for him, according to the Root’s Angela Bronner Helm.
At that point Thomas said he “had to say something. ” So he got up and asked 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?”
This is where it gets interesting. Thomas says the woman actually responded with this craziness:
“Don’t pull the race card stuff with me, I dated a Black guy in college.”
Oh really. Like that’s supposed to negate her racism towards him.
Thomas’ next move was to take a snap of the woman (for his Facebook post), and she said she was going to get the law on him (report him to the conductor) for illegally taking her photo (all the while, the dude next to woman was looking real uncomfortable, by the way).
Check out what happened next, as Thomas tell it:
“So the conductor came up and said hey Etan Thomas love what you’re doing in the community loved you with the Wizards big Cuse fan man the Knicks sure could use you …. And I said was there something you wanted to tell my man ? And she rolled her eyes …”
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