The United States Postal Service is investigating an incident in which an employee allegedly harassed a man in Cambridge, telling him to leave the country because it’s “Trump land.”
Yarden Katz, a fellow in the Department of SystemsBiology at Harvard Medical School, witnessed the event. Katz sent a letter to USPS describing what he saw.
“The USPS worker, a bearded white male, yelled at another male (who looked of Hispanic descent): ‘Go back to your country. This is Trump land. You ain’t getting your check no more,'” Katz wrote.
The altercation occurred at a Shell station in Cambridge. The man who had been yelled at went into the gas station and when he left,there was “another heated exchange,” Katz said.
Maureen Marion, a spokesperson for the USPS, said that this was behavior was unacceptable.
“The U.S. Postal Service expects all of our employees to treat each other, our customersand the public at large with dignity and respect,” she said in a statement. “Our employees take these expectations to heart, and take great pride in their work delivering for the American public. Any employee who is found to have taken actions that violate our policy and federal anti-discrimination laws will be subject to corrective action up to and including removal from the Postal Service.”
The investigation into the worker’s actions is ongoing so it’s unknown what the repercussions will be at this time, but Marion said that “appropriate correction action” will be taken.
This was not the first or only racist incident since Donald Trump was announced as president. Even in Massachusetts, which voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton, some Trump supporters have harassed residents, including two men who drove aroundWellesley’s campus waving a Trump flag
Witnesses said that those men parked in front of a house for African-American students and spit at people who asked them to leave. Though not named by their school, Babson College, the men were expelled by their fraternity.