Another day, another white woman finding out the hard-headed way that, while being racist can be costly, leaving Black people alone is absolutely free.
Recently, a white woman became Internet infamous after being racist in a New York park and threatening to call the police on Black people for dog-related reasons—all while not being named Amy “Central Park Karen” Cooper. (I swear, some white people are as allergic to learning from the mistakes of others as they are to using spices in their food, clapping on the two and four, and minding their own business.)
The woman—who a Black couple says told them at a Brooklyn dog park to “stay in your hood” during a dispute—has now been identified, and her name is Dog-gone Donna.
Just kidding, that’s obviously not her name—it’s actually Lisa Lab-Lice. OK, whatever.
According to the New York Post, the woman involved in the dispute with Frederick Joseph, his fiancee, Porsche Landon and the couple’s dog has been identified as Barking Brooklyn Becky.
Sorry, I really just can’t stop at this point.
Her name is Emma Sarley.
Anyway, Joseph and Landon said Jenny Gentirifier-From-The-Block had mistaken their dog for another dog that apparently disturbs her by barking loudly. Joseph said he tried to explain to her that she had the wrong dog, and he started recording the exchange after she told them that they don’t belong in her neighborhood and that they should instead, “stay in your hood.”
“Stay in our hood? I’m sorry, what?” Joseph is heard asking at the start of the video.
Poodle Park Patty didn’t appear to deny using what absolutely amounts to a racial slur; she, instead, played dumb and acted like she didn’t understand how saying it made her racist.
Unfortunately for her, and to the delight of melanin-rich people who are tired of the color-redacted constantly trying our collective patience, her employer at Bevy got wind of the incident and decided to let her go.
According to the Post, Bevy CEO Derek Anderson sent out a tweet in response to the video saying, his company “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.”
Anderson also tweeted that he hopes “some type of resolution can happen between the two parties beyond this and will help if I can.”
Joseph tweeted a video response to the news.
Emma Sarley has released a statement to BOSSIP denying intentionally using racial undertones in her comments.
“I am still processing everything that has happened over the last couple days, and thought it was important to share what I saw and experienced. I absolutely accept responsibility for how I could have handled things differently in that moment.
On Saturday evening, I watched a dog get into several aggressive altercations with other dogs at my local park, and as the owners of this dog were leaving, I suggested that they keep a handle on their dog while visiting this particular park. My reference to “back to your hood” only referred to another dog park outside of this neighborhood park.
I was frustrated and upset, but to be clear – I had no intended racial undertones in my comments whatsoever. I said it because it’s an unstated rule at our local park that when a dog is being aggressive, owners immediately remove them so it can be a calm, welcoming environment for everyone else. However, I fully understand how my words could’ve been interpreted and I deeply wish I had chosen them more carefully. A brief and thoughtless moment in my life has now led to nationwide outrage and hurt. For that, I am sorry.
I want to clarify that I never threatened to call the police. I never went on a tirade. As the dog owners followed me down the street with the phone camera on, I was filled with some panic because I’ve never been in an altercation like this and reacted in an inappropriate way. That’s what you witnessed on that tape.
I’ve lived in New York City for a decade, my Brooklyn neighborhood and dog park is extremely diverse, something I truly love about this city, and I never meant for my words to contribute to pain for anyone. I truly hope we can find understanding and a peaceful resolution to this, for everyone involved.”
Hopefully, Sit-Sit-Sit Suzie does finally learn to leave Black people alone and that dog-whistling in the dog park isn’t always going to work out for her the way she thinks.