Racist attacks on Latinx people is unfortunately all too common and now a deliveryman was caught on camera in a racist tirade while delivering to a Latinx family. The White UPS driver was delivering packages shortly before Christmas, on December 17, when he arrived at the home of the Aviles family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is seen filling out a slip while making racist remarks. This week it was announced he has been fired after footage from the doorbell camera of his racist rant toward the Latinx family was released. Neither the Latinx police officer residing in the home where the incident occurred or the delivery driver have been identified at this time.
“Now you don’t get f—— nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—— English language,” he can be heard saying as he sticks the notice on the door. According to footage, the delivery man does not appear to have knocked or rung the doorbell before leaving the notice that indicated the family had missed their delivery.
After multiple failed attempts to reach UPS to address the driver’s behavior, the family turned to advocacy group Forward Latino which organized a press conference on Tuesday. The group presented information regarding the incident along with the video footage in the hopes of getting some sort of response from the International carrier.
“UPS is huge, they’re global and this serves for any other businesses that are delivering packages, you can’t do that. You can’t just look at a package and make these crazy assumptions,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the police officer the package was addressed to.
“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin during the press conference. “So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for some, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” he continued.
According to NBC News, UPS reached out to the family with an apology immediately after seeing the press conference, also informing them that the driver had been fired. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,” said Shirley noting that coming forward with the story was not about getting the delivery man fired.