Stickers stating 'Exclusively for White People' plastered on Austin businesses

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Stickers Stating 'Exclusively For White People' Plastered On Austin Busines

Amidst high racial tensions in parts of the county, an unknown person or group in Austin, Texas has taken to inciting public angst by blemishing businesses with stickers that read, "Exclusively for White People."

The decals are designed to look official, featuring the city seal and proclaiming their message is, "sponsored by the City of Austin Contemporary Partition and Restoration Program."

Thus far, it appears they've been posted only in the city's East Austin neighborhood.

Among the businesses targeted is Sugar Mama's Bakeshop. They took a partial photo of the sticker, leaving out the parts they deemed to be too offensive, and posted it and a message on Instagram.

It reads, "Today we were the victim of what I consider to be a hate crime against our family and staff at our Eastside location. Our business was built on family and love and we will let that shine on."

City officials are monitoring the area and have made it clear that even though the stickers bear the city's seal it is in no way involved in nor will it tolerate the act spreading them.

"I'm not really sure what the message was. I've heard several things, like, gentrification in the neighborhood, or maybe it's race-motivated. I'm not sure," Sugar Mama's manager April Jensen explained to KXAN. "Sure, it's offensive, but it's also just a sticker," Sarah Goeth, a local business owner, told KXAN.

Austin's Mayor Steve Adler condemned the stickers. "This is an appalling and offensive display of ignorance in our city," he said in a statement.

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Stickers stating 'Exclusively for White People' plastered on Austin businesses
Today we were the victim of what I consider to be a hate crime against our family and staff at our Eastside location. I didn't post the rest of the sign because it is too offensive. I want to know who did this, why they did this. EDIT: thank you for your words of encouragement, you are all right, we will not let hate overcome love. Our business was built on family and love and we will let that shine on. With that said, please spread the word and let's catch these racist vandals before they can do anymore damage.
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