The author of the 1619 Project has condemned a black author for his campaign to get a white woman fired following an altercation in a Brooklyn dog park, noting: ‘This…doesn’t feel right.’
Nikole Hannah-Jones, one of the most influential anti-racism voices in the U.S., reacted on Monday evening to Frederick Joseph getting a woman fired.
‘This didn’t sit right with me and does not seem like an ethical use of one’s platform,’ Hannah-Jones said.
The woman, Emma Sarley, who is white, was fired from her job at a software company after she was accused of telling Joseph and his fiance – who are black – ‘stay in [their] hood’ at the Williamsburg dog park.
Footage posted on Twitter by Joseph, an author and high-profile campaigner for Elizabeth Warren, showed the incident in McCarren Park on Sunday.
Frederick Joseph, an author and supporter of Elizabeth Warren, tracked down via crowd sourcing the woman who he argued with, and petitioned her boss to fire her. He did
She cannot be heard making the ‘stay in [their] hood’ comment.
Joseph began a campaign to get the woman identified and fired.
On Sunday night he defended his actions.
‘While it’s unfortunate that she had to lose her job, I do think that this brings up an important conversation about accountability, especially in a country where black and brown people, marginalized people as a whole, have seen so little of it,’ he said.
‘I hope Emma learns from this. I hope other people learn from this who engage in abusive, racist and destructive behavior. Because ultimately, whether Emma lost her job or not, doesn’t take away the trauma that my fiancé and I have.
‘It doesn’t take away the feeling of feeling like anything racist can happen anywhere.’
He said on Monday that he had been receiving death threats.
‘If she respected us or Black people as a whole, not only would she not have done as she did – she would have attempted to apologize,’ he wrote on Twitter.
‘People should consider within themselves why there is such normalization of racist behavior.’
The controversy began when Joseph – who has previously complained that his Airbnb in upstate New York had ‘satanic’ decoration – tweeted a video of the incident.
Joseph posted the footage online tweeting: ‘At the dog park in Brooklyn with my fiancé and this white woman was threatening to call police and told us to ‘stay in our hood’ because she had our dog confused with another dog who had been barking loudly.
‘So, I started recording and she tried to slap the phone out my hand.’
In the footage Joseph can be heard saying: ‘You just left the dog park to tell us to stay in our hood?’
Joseph can be heard saying ‘stay in our hood’ towards the woman, insinuating he was repeating what had already been said.
Video shows the woman giving the camera the middle finger before pushing the phone away.
The woman then appears to clutch her chest and says: ‘Oh my God, did you just say that to me? S**t.’
Joseph then asks a bystander: ‘I’m sorry, you were right here watching this entire thing. Did she not just stand here and tell us to stay in our hood?’.
He responds ‘she did’.
The woman then turns and leaves the dog park.
Software company Bevy has confirmed someone was fired over the incident, but did not name the person.
However in a second tweet Joseph named the alleged perpetrator as Emma Sarley. DailyMail.com could not reach Sarley for comment.
The NYPD have said they are looking into the incident but have not confirmed whether a report was filed.
A white woman has been fired from her job at a software company after she was accused of telling a black couple to ‘stay in [their] hood’ at a Brooklyn dog park. Footage posted online showed the woman after the alleged exchange
In the footage Joseph can be heard saying: ‘You just left the dog park to tell us to stay in our hood?’. The woman then appears to clutch her chest and says: ‘Oh my God, did you just say that to me? S**t’
Derek Andersen, the cofounder and CEO of Bevy, wrote on Twitter: ‘@BevyHQ has zero tolerance for discriminatory behavior of any kind.
‘Yesterday an employee engaged in behavior contrary to our values and has been terminated. We apologize deeply to all involved,
‘I personally hope some type of resolution can happen between the two parties beyond this and will help if I can.’
A post on the company’s Facebook page announced the hiring of Sarley as an Account Executive on August 24.
A LinkedIn page, which has since been deactivated, also identified Sarley as an Enterprise Account Executive at Bevy.
Bevy did not immediately response to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Joseph then asks a bystander: ‘I’m sorry, you were right here watching this entire thing. Did she not just stand here and tell us to stay in our hood?’. He responds ‘she did’. The woman then turns and leaves the dog park