Target: Mr. Art Acevedo, Austin Chief of Police
Goal: Find and punish makers of racist stickers posted around Austin.
Stickers bearing the message “exclusively for white people” have been found posted in the windows of local businesses in Austin, TX. The businesses did not post them and were unaware of their presence until recently when they were pointed out and immediately removed. The posters of these stickers are currently unknown, but the stickers are of a very high quality and should not be difficult to track. Something must be done to find the people that made and posted these awful stickers so that they can be punished for their hate.
This act, upsetting as it may be, is important because it highlights how deep the racial divides in this country still run. Even if this was done as a prank by someone who thought it would be funny, the mere idea that segregation could be funny is terrible and suggests a deviant world view. Some are suggesting that this is satire on the gentrification of Austin, and while that claim may hold water, satire should bite at the oppressors, not the oppressed.
The awful stickers in question have shocked many people and initially were even more shocking as they contained a message claiming to be sponsored by the city of Austin. The stickers went on to say that the businesses had a “maximum of 5 colored customers” policy. This is more than a racist prank, this is vandalism and should be treated as a criminal offense. The Austin police must track down the culprits and punish them accordingly. Please sign here to demand a full investigation to these despicable stickers and punishment for those who made and posted them.
Dear Police Chief Acevedo,
Stickers bearing the message “exclusively for white people” have been posted in the windows of local businesses all around Austin. These businesses did not post the stickers themselves and were entirely unaware of them until recently when they were pointed out and summarily removed. I am writing to ask that you launch a full investigation into the origin of these stickers and the people responsible for posting them.
While I understand that this may have been a joke, it is terribly unfunny and actually a criminal act. These businesses did not accept these stickers, and thus their posting is vandalism. Beyond this, the stickers poke fun at a truly painful time in American history. Something must be done about these stickers and it must be done now. They appear to be high quality and should not be extremely difficult to track. I appreciate your future actions in attempting to resolve this situation and urge you to punish those responsible accordingly.
[Your Name Here]
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