For Whites Only {SXSW} Texas Racist Places That Don’t Allow Black or Colored People

Published On March 19, 2015 | By admin | Local & Worldwide News

A Facebook post documenting a racist act is sparking outrage in Austin. A woman saw a sticker on the front window of women’s clothing store Rare Trends in East Austin, took a picture and posted it.

The sticker looks like a seal and states “Exclusively for White People. Maximum of 5 colored customers.” There’s also a city logo and above it the words “Sponsored by the City of Austin Contemporary Partition and Restoration Program.”

“We have nothing to do with that,” said Caroline Gray, the Director of Sales and Marketing for Rare Trends.

Gray said she came in to work Wednesday expecting an average day, not knowing what was on the store’s front window.

Austin police came to the store to investigate. Vandals put the stickers on five Manor Road businesses: Rare Trends, Windmill Bicycles, El Chilito Tacos y Café, Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop and El Chile Café y Cantina.


Being that SXSW is in full-swing this week, Austin Mayor Steve Adler was forced to speak out

“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,” Adler said.

City Manager Marc Ott added the stickers don’t represent the City of Austin.

“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,” Ott said.

Austin does not have a Contemporary Partition and Restoration Program, but Gray said it’s those type of details on the sticker that make it all the more disturbing.

“I’m especially shocked by the officialness of the sign, if that’s even a word. I think that if it was somebody that spray painted or something a little less professional looking it would be less upsetting. But it literally looked like something from 1960 which was, it was upsetting,” said Gray.

According to Texas State Rep. Dawnna Dukes says this isn’t the first time stickers like this have been seen around the city and she expects the local police to figure it out ASAP.

“A sign like this could cause many problems especially with this occurring in the city during the time of one of the city’s most valued events, South by Southwest,” she said

Credit Source: KHOU

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