Several businesses in East Austin, Texas had official-looking stickers placed on their business façades that carried a racist message:
City officials confirmed[ref]KXAN/NBC News[/ref] that the official-looking stickers were a hoax by unknown perpetrator(s).
Austin Mayor Steve Adler[ref]Gannett’s KVUE[/ref] condemned the hoax, saying:
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
City Manager Marc Ott[ref]Gannett’s KVUE[/ref] 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
The fiasco drew the attention of the NAACP and Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin), who said[ref]The Statesman[/ref]:
Some jokes are not funny. If this is a joke at all, it is tasteless. … I will be damned if this will occur in my House District … in this historical black community or any community.
KXAN News Coverage
KVUE News Coverage