Date Added: Oct. 10, 2003
Like it or not, racism is alive in the world - both at the personal level, as well as at an institutional level. This is perhaps why, chain-letter rumors like this one that target the black community thrive, despite their lack of reliable evidence.
The Post Office to Destroy African American Stamps...
The P.O. will DESTROY all remaining African American Heritage stamps at the end of the month instead of following their usual process of selling them until they are depleted. Why? ... because we're not buying them.
However, our postal workers are asking patrons to complain to the Post Master, via a complaint form. Please ask for and complete the form.
Forget the love, flag, rose or teddy bear stamps that they offer you automatically, request African-American stamps everytime.
If we don't buy them, nobody will. We need to keep the little things that we do get.
PASS THE MESSAGE ON AND LET'S! KEEP BLACK STAMPS IN CIRCULATION !!!!
This one bears similarities with an earlier call to action regarding the impending expiration of the right of blacks to vote. Like that one, this chain-letter has no truth to it.
According to a statement on the USPS web site, the entreaty above is "Just more of those untrue Internet rumors."
"The fact is that the Black Heritage stamp series is one of our most popular. We have no plans whatsoever to discontinue it. The Postal Service remains as strongly committed to honoring the historical achievements and contributions of African Americans on stamps as we've always been."
Yes, you should buy black heritage stamps to celebrate the legacies of many very important individuals in American history. But, you don't need to do so to prevent them from being destroyed. Break this chain.