Stickers are popping up on businesses around Austin, Texas today causing outrage. Rep. Dawnna Dukes posted a picture of the racist stickers on her Facebook page that proclaim the businesses that they have appeared on are for “white people only” and a “maximum of 5 colored customers” are accepted into the businesses.
Rep. Dukes said that she was alerted to the sticker affixed to a window at the clothing store Rare Trends, and she went to investigate. The lawmaker was disgusted by what she saw and expressed her outrage on Facebook:
Some jokes just are not funny. If this is a joke at all, it is tasteless. Pardon mon française mais, I will be damned if this will occur in my House Disrtict [sic], disrtict [sic] 46 on my watch on 12th St. in this historical Black Community or any community. This morning, I have been in communication with the City Managers office, APD, PIO, et. al. This is NOT sponsored by the City of Austin and ACM Anthony Snipes is on top of it, all over it. Until then, refrain from supporting Unique Trends until “some explaining” is done.
Management at the store also took to Facebook say that they were victims of vandalism, along with five other businesses in the area, and they are outraged by it:
We were victims of an outrageous vandalism act occurring in many East Austin businesses. Rare Trends does not or will never discriminate against any person regardless of their age, ethnicity or religious beliefs.
They also said the reason the stickers weren’t removed right away is because employees did not see them because they were blocked by clothing displays.
The stickers feature a City of Austin logo and say that they are “sponsored by the City of Austin Contemporary Partition and Restoration Program,” but nobody seems to know where they are coming from.
The owners of the businesses targeted by the “white people only” sticker bandit have all expressed shock and confusion about why their businesses were targeted.
It seems like the stickers were all an elaborate prank by some idiotic person who thinks offending people is super funny. However, all of the businesses targeted feel like they have been vandalized so it is likely that if caught, the foolish sticker bandit will have some explaining to do. . . to police.
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