March 20, 2015
An unknown individual is placing stickers on businesses in Austin, Texas that read “Exclusively for White people.”
The stickers also read: “Maximum of 5 colored customers; colored BOH staff accepted. Sponsored by the City of Austin. Contemporary Partition and Restoration Program.”
It’s a silly, innocent prank, but many don’t seem to think so, because any prank or joke that may be racist is automatically dangerous and indicative of White supremacist attitudes.
“This is an appalling and offensive display of ignorance in our city,” Mayor Steve Adler said in a statement. “Our city is a place where respect for all people is a part of our spirit and soul. We will keep it that way.”
In addition to the disparaging words, the stickers are using the city’s logo, giving the impression that they represent Austin.
They do not, the mayor said.
City officials, businesses and the police are on the lookout for the culprits.
“This type of cowardly and hateful act will not be tolerated in this city,” City Manager Marc Ott said.