Nikole Hannah-Jones of the 1619 Project has taken author and fellow social justice warrior Frederick Joseph to task after he used his massive social media platform to shame a woman publicly and force her employer to fire her.
When author Issac J. Bailey wrote on Twitter that Joseph's response to Emma Sarley, who allegedly confronted him and his fiance at the dog run at McKarren park, didn't "feel like a proportionate consequence for the offense," Hannah-Jones replied in agreement. "This didn't sit right with me," she said, "and does not seem like an ethical use of one's platform."
Bailey said that from his view, the 27 second video Joseph posted to social media before digging around the web to find out who the woman was, seemed like an "angry encounter between strangers in a park." Bailey said that it "doesn't need to be resolved this way." Joseph has over 116,000 followers on Twitter.
After Joseph found out who the woman was, he investigated her LinkedIn, found out where she worked, and notified the CEO of that company, Derek Anderson. The two men, according to Anderson, then had a chat, and he fired Sarley. She has since taken down her LinkedIn page.
Joseph's reaction to the incident in McCarren Park, of which he posted the last 27 seconds, was to hunt the woman down online and make a mess of her life.
He posted the video. Then her dogs name and the location of the incident.
Then he tracked her down on Instagram and LinkedIn.
Posted photos of her, and contacted her employer. By that point, of course, he could have contacted her, but instead he chose not to.
Joseph then reported to Twitter that he had spoken to the women's boss, and that she was fired.
Joseph, it turns out, has a history of shaming white people for their minor infractions and microaggressions. The author of The Black Friend: On Being A Better White Person, has previously shamed other white women, specifically.
He also tried to shame an Airbnb host for having "seemingly satanic items" in the home. The host spoke to Vice and contradicted that claim.
Twitter was full of screenshots of Joseph's past attempted take downs of white women. Including a woman on a plane, who "took off her shoes and placed both feet on the table."
This, Joseph said, is representative of the "audacity of white privilege." Instead of speaking to the woman, he tries to get the attention of the flight crew.