Many store owners found racial signs placed in their store windows when they arrived. The signs read, ‘Exclusively For White People’. The citizens of the city were outraged and demanded some kind of explanation from their mayor. The signs are extremely offensive and just flat out disrespectful towards African American people. The NAACP weighed in on the matter stating that the signs were, ” absolutely stupid.”
Mayor Steve Adler said the stickers discovered Wednesday morning were “an appalling and offensive display of ignorance in our city.”The stickers also say “Maximum of 5 colored customers / colored BOH staff accepted,” apparently referring to the “back of house” operations at a restaurant. They featured a city of Austin logo and claimed to be “sponsored by the City of Austin Contemporary Partition and Restoration Program,” though no such program exists.
Many of the store owners didn’t even understand why the signs were placed in their stores. One store owner commented that she didn’t understand why the signs had been placed in her store since the business had a variety of different customers. The vandals have yet to be caught and charged, though the search is ongoing.