NEW ALBANY, Ind. — A U.S. Postal Service worker in New Albany said he’s been the victim of racial discrimination while trying to deliver mail. His employer said they take all concerns of discrimination seriously.
Christian Sugg is a minister at his church and a single father.
“My daughter is about to be six actually tomorrow,” Sugg said.
He’s also a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service in New Albany.
“My daughter’s autistic, you know, her insurance is extremely high, like I need, I need the job,” Sugg said.
Sugg said he has experienced several occurrences of racial discrimination while on his route.
“I just want a change not just for me, but for other carriers that look like me,” he said.
A few times a month, his routes take him to certain rural towns where he feels his life is in danger, because of the color of his skin.
“It’s really stressful when you have to look over your shoulder, worried about somebody harming you,” Sugg said.
These occurrences have come from being cursed at to being threatened by strangers simply for doing his job.
“I’ve had people follow me as I was carrying the mail in their vehicles,” said Sugg.
He complained to supervisors about being “scared to death.”
“And I still got sent back out until finally I just had to call off those days that I knew I was going, just for my safety and my mental health as well,” he said.
He said his supervisors often curse at him and have used racial slurs in conversation.