Thursday, 19 March 2015

'White people only' stickers placed on shops in Austin, Texas

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The mayor of Austin, Texas, has condemned stickers that have mysteriously appeared on several businesses in the city, saying "exclusively for white people".
They use Austin's logo, falsely giving the impression they were officially approved, city hall said.

"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."
The stickers have been removed by all the businesses that were defaced, including a restaurant, a clothing store, a bike shop and a bakery.
The labels also say "colored BOH staff accepted", an apparent reference to "back of house" operations in restaurants, such as cooks.
April Jensen, a black employee at Sugar Mama's cupcake shop, told of her shock when she saw the sticker on the front window of that business.
"It kind of hurt," she told the Austin American-Statesman.
"I don't really understand the message behind it. All types of customers come in here."
The bakery's owners described it as a "hate crime".
Police and businesses are keeping an eye out for whoever placed the stickers, which appeared between midnight on Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

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