The Milwaukee community is shaken once again by yet another racially charged incident, as a UPS driver was fired after a viral video caught him going on a racist rant while delivering a package to a Latino household several days before Christmas Day. The video was caught by the Aviles household’s doorbell camera on December 17, and a young Latino police officer is part of the family that occupies the home.
The video shows the UPS driver, a White man, standing on the family’s porch holding their package. He’s writing what appears to be a “failed to deliver” notice and then proceeds to say, “Now you don’t get f*cking nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f*cking English language.”
UPDATE: @UPS fires employee caught on camera making racist remarks while delivering a package to a Milwaukee family with a Latino last name. @ForwardLatino says the family wants a direct apology and investments in inclusion training. The latest: https://t.co/4EjkrOU4gN @CBS58 pic.twitter.com/Lter1XkQB7
— Emily Thornton (@EmilyThorntonTV) January 5, 2021
The video doorbell camera service’s digital logs do not show the UPS worker ringing the doorbell, and there’s no clear evidence indicating if he ever actually knocked on the door. Darryl Morin, the president of forwarding Latino, a Latino advocacy group, explained on behalf of the family about the delivery attempt, had organized a press conference nearly two weeks after the incidents, following multiple failed attempts to conjure a response from UPS. He explained during the press conference that, “The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” as the package was addressed to the Aviles family.
He also stated, “So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer.”
A UPS spokesperson and senior manager of media relations, Matthew O’Connor, said in an email that UPS, “immediately contacted the family to offer our deepest apologies when we learned about this incident.”
“There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry, or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion,” he continued, also expressing that the unnamed delivery driver in the UPS uniform no longer had a job with the company.