Georgia NAACP Issues Statement on Black FedEx Employees Terminated Following Viral Racial Video

ATLANTA, GA (May 26, 2020) - On May 19, 2020, two FedEx employees, Antonio Braswell and Darnell Lundy from Leesburg, Georgia, released a viral video that following a verbal attack made from a white resident they were delivering a package off to. This resident lived in a neighborhood that was known to be racists to the drivers. The white resident in the video was the first to actually make an attack. The drivers filmed the attack to protect themselves which resulted in their termination from the company.

Working while black should not be a crime yet, here we are. Darnell Lundy and Antonio Braswell were the latest targets of being irrationally characterized as criminals - and more Black lives were put into literal danger.“ - Kiaira Jackson, Branch President of the Albany-Daughtery NAACP.

We demand FedEx provide:

  • Immediate redress to atone for this wrongful termination

  • Develop a comprehensive program that addresses supporting its employees when they are confronted with racial animus in the line of duty

  • Conduct a series of racial sensitivity trainings so that this kind of incident doesn’t happen again

“This is yet another example of the kind of racialized terror that happens in Black communities of Georgia every single day. FedEx then terminating two essential workers is both an insult to injury and grounds for divesting our support from them as a company until they value the lives of the people who work for them - especially when they are targets of racist attacks,” concluded Rev. James Woodall, State President of the Georgia NAACP.

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National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has had an unbroken presence in Georgia since 1917. The Georgia NAACP maintains a network of branches throughout Georgia, from cities to small rural counties. The Georgia NAACP has been the most effective and consistent advocates for African American civil rights in Georgia. You can read more about the Georgia NAACP’s work and mission at naacpga.org.

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