UPS vowed to eradicate racial injustice. What will they do about the racism within the company?
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After decades enduring racial slurs within UPS and threats to my life on my delivery route, I am speaking out about the pervasive racism I have also seen in UPS's ranks.
By Ray Logan
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After 33 years of employment as a UPS driver in Owensboro, Kentucky, I was surprised to hear that my route was being changed. We chose our routes based on seniority, and thanks to my long tenure, I had been working a nice route in a business district near my home. But I was now assigned some new isolated county roads populated with homes flying Confederate flags. As I made my deliveries, I had racial epithets shouted at me, guns pulled on me—one man said he was going to hit me in the head with a two-by-four. In these parts of my town, a Black man does not feel safe.
I did my best to do my work, but finally approached my supervisor in March of 2020, telling him I was in fear for my life. As my lawsuit describes, I requested a route change due to the overt racism and threats I was experiencing in the community. Shortly after, I was fired. I lost my livelihood, a large chunk of my pension, and my health insurance.
Three months later, on June 8, 2020, as Black Lives Matter protests erupted around the country, the CEO of UPS tweeted the following:
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