What’s Happening with Emma Sarley?

There was an altercation at a New York dog park between Frederick Joseph and a woman. At one point, Joseph, who was at the park with his fiance, began filming the exchange. He tweeted the video on September 25. 

People following the story identified the woman as Emma Sarley.

Joseph then tagged Sarley’s employer on the thread. Sarley was terminated from her job on September 26.

Joseph posted a video commenting on the altercation and termination.
Sarley tweeted out a statement on September 28.


  • A third party in the video confirmed that Sarley told the couple to “stay in your hood.”
  • Sarley’s use of the word “hood” reveals that her reaction was borne out of racism.
  • Accountability is important and this altercation will hopefully serve as an important lesson.

  Sarley was being racist, and she was held accountable for her actions.  Companies who claim to support anti-racism should ensure their employees do as well. Everyday racism is a major problem, and a lot of people continue to defend it.  


  • Joseph is a journalist with a large platform who has sensationalized similar stories in the past and so his account of the event is unreliable.
  • Sarley didn’t mean to offend anyone with her comment and is being misunderstood.
  • Sarley’s employer acted rashly by firing her without any information about the full story.

  Sarley is a victim who was unfairly punished over a misunderstanding.  A culture where unsubstantiated claims on the internet can lead to a loss of livelihood is akin to mob rule. Joseph irresponsibly used his platform to intimidate and race-bait.

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Anna Tyger, Shaun Cammack, and Sofia Sedergren-Booker September 28, 2021