White woman immediately fired for NYC dog park argument with black couple she allegedly told ‘stay in your hood’

The wheels of social justice move pretty rapidly these days, especially when the perceived victim is a New York Times bestselling author.

A video of yet another incident at a New York City dog park, in this case an encounter Saturday night between a white woman and a black couple – author Frederick Joseph and his fiancée – made the rounds online after the couple alleged that the woman told them to “stay in our hood.”

To be fair — not that there’s much of an appetite for that — the clip is under 30 seconds and doesn’t capture the woman actually saying what she was accused of saying. Another man in the video supported the allegation, but there’s no context whatsoever as to what led up the moments on camera, which included the white woman trying to snatch the man’s phone as he recorded.

Nonetheless, in the span of fewer than 24 hours, the white woman was not only identified via social media, so too was her employer. Once contacted about the incident, Derek Andersen, CEO and founder of Bevy, a virtual conference and community events software platform, responded by firing the woman, who would be identified as Emma Sarley.

“You just left the dog park to tell us to stay in our hood?” Joseph is heard asking in the video. A defiant Sarley replied, “Oh my god, did you just say that to me? … Oh my god, did you just say “F– me?”

Joseph then turned to the man standing nearby, “I’m sorry you were right here and watched this whole thing. Did she not just stand here and tell us to stay in our hood?”

“She did,” the bystander replied.

Not letting the incident go, Joseph tweeted later that evening that the woman had been identified, after explaining why he didn’t get physical with Sarley in return when she tried to snatch his phone.

In offering the explanation, the author seemed to tip his hand a bit, saying “all that would have resulted in is one or both of us in jail and potentially me shot by police.”

Now into Sunday, upon further confirming that Sarley was the person involved in the incident and having learned where she works, Joseph tagged her boss Andersen in a tweet, alleging “racism.”

Joseph then shared that he spoke with Andersen “briefly,” adding that he hopes the company “leans into accountability and finding ways to make change in light of their employee’s racist behavior. Waiting for an update.”

A little over fours hours later, he tweeted: “Emma has been terminated. I do hope people learn that there are consequences for their behavior, and take the chance to be better.”

The tweet came a little over an hour after Andersen took to Twitter to announce the termination — a move that surely keeps the racial justice mob off his doorstep.

“[Bevy] has zero tolerance for discriminatory behavior of any kind. Yesterday an employee engaged in behavior contrary to our values and has been terminated,” he tweeted. “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,” Andersen added, in a follow-up tweet.

As for Joseph, author of the book “The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person,” he appears to have evolved on the whole “cancel culture” issue, as one social media user astutely noted:

In the eyes of far too many, the important thing here is that mob justice prevailed once again… to society’s detriment.


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