According to reports, there have been a number of “whites only” stickers placed on the doors of various businesses in Austin, Texas this weekend by “allegedly unknown vandals.”
This recent show of racism comes during the Annual SXSW Music and Film Festival, a time when millions of fans and artists of all nationalities and races travel to the Texas Capitol to attend. The stickers seem to be produced professionally and are marked with the City of Austin logo in the center.
The sticker reads,
“maximum of 5 colored customers. Colored BOH staff (back of the house; staff not seen by customers) permitted..”
The City of Austin has released their statement as follows,
“Between midnight and 7 a.m. today, a number of local businesses in East Austin were defaced with a racially offensive sticker. The stickers included disparaging remarks toward persons of color. They also included the unauthorized use of the City logo and claimed City of Austin sponsorship. The stickers were neither produced nor knowingly displayed by the businesses and were removed by their employees when discovered this morning. Austin Police Department and Public Assembly Code Enforcement (PACE) Teams have been made aware of the stickers. The City is closely monitoring local businesses for additional instances of defacement and will take appropriate action should further instances arise.”
The Mayor and The City Manager of Austin have released statements as well,
“This is an appalling and offensive display of ignorance in our city. Austin condemns this type of hurtful behavior. Our city is a place where respect for all people is a part of our spirit and soul. We will keep it that way,” said Mayor Steve Adler.
Marc Ott, City Manager, added,
“This is an affront to who we are as a City and who we are as a community. This type of cowardly and hateful act will not be tolerated in this city.”