CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. - Racially charged messages have been popping up throughout the D.C. area. Now, postal inspectors are looking into racist fliers that were found inside a Maryland post office.
The fliers are shaped like business cards and one of them said “White Lives Matter" on it. Another flier had the words “New Order" while also displaying a swastika. On the back of that flier, it calls “for a rebirth of racial idealism and calls for a great historic movement of white men and women working to build a better future.”
Most of the staff at this Capitol Heights post office on Edgeworth Drive has been working here together for decades, which is why the discovery of the fliers found on a table inside the facility’s cafeteria has made many of them uneasy.
An employee said he and his co-workers saw the fliers on the table while they were on break at around 9:30 a.m. Friday.
“With what is going on in the world today, you always have to be careful because you never know what people are thinking,” said Lori Freeman, the president of the Southern Maryland P&DC Office for the Mail Handlers Union. “They may not say it, but people may be thinking something that they shouldn't be thinking. And you know, it's just disheartening to come to work and know that someone feels that way or even if it was a joke. You know, this is the mail. Even if it was a joke, it's not funny. That’s not funny. When you come to work, you don't come to work to be attacked in that manner.
“We want them to be reprimanded for that type of activity. We don't have anything in there posted saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ and stuff like that.”
“I would hope it is not a coworker,” said mail handler Mark Ballard. “We have other people in the building like contractors and other stuff like that. I'm not saying it is them or anything like that, but I have been here 23 years and have never seen anything like that. I don't know where it came from. I have no idea. But it makes me uneasy.”
The postal inspector has been notified and is taking a look into the fliers. The U.S. Postal Service said the protection and safety of their employees is their primary objective.
Employees said there are security cameras throughout this building, but there are not any in the cafeteria.