RUTLAND, VT — The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General has received a complaint detailing the Rutland postmaster’s alleged sharing of racially insensitive content on Facebook.
James Ragosta II, a postmaster in Rutland City, has allegedly shared messages and memes on his Facebook page that the complaint calls “racist, sexist and generally inappropriate.”
The USPS Office of Inspector General confirmed the complaint on July 9 in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by VTDigger. VTDigger had previously received information from a resident that a complaint had been filed.
VTDigger confirmed that several memes, shared by the same resident through screenshots of the postmaster’s Facebook profile, were in fact posted to Ragosta’s page in late June. The posts no longer appear publicly but, according to additional screenshots sent to VTDigger, are still posted privately.
The complaint describes a meme that Ragosta shared, originally posted by a profile with the name Jon Maas. It says, “Over 620,000 white people died to free black slaves, and still to this day not even 1 thank you, and now we’re known as racists.”
When contacted, Ragosta declined to comment but asserted that the post is not racist.