Austin attorney claims responsibility for ‘white people’ stickers in bizarre shirtless rants
An attorney in Austin, Texas appears to claim responsibility for targeting local businesses with stickers saying there were “exclusively for white people,” KXAN-TV reported.
“Why I did it is pretty obvious,” a shirtless Adam Reposa says in a video posted online. “Because it would be obvious that even though people know the real problem — and the real problem is that people without money are getting f*cked. They’re getting pushed out, and pretty quick. This area of town is turning into whites only.”
The stickers were first spotted on five businesses on the city’s east side, bearing the message, “Maximum of 5 colored customers, colored [back of house] staff accepted” and a copy of the city’s logo.
They were quickly condemned by both local officials and state Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D), who called the stickers a “tasteless” joke. In the video, Reposa suggests that he intended to provoke this type of response.
“I knew I could just bait all of y’all into being as stupid as you are,” he says. “Just allowing the issue to be framed in the most simple way — ‘Oh, he said an offensive term. Let’s not worry about the actual condition of the way things are, let’s worry about an offensive term.'”
The Austin Chronicle reported that Reposa released a separate video, shot inside a home, in which he specifically criticizes Dukes for her response to what he called a “trenchant analysis” of gentrification and segregation in the city.
“She not only falls for the bait and thinks that these businesses are the ones putting it up, she goes on to call it racism,” he says. “To her, the worst thing is to make a joke and use the word ‘colored,’ not the reality that all the black people and Mexican people are getting kicked out of East Austin.”
He goes on to claim that he can use technology to help Dukes “not look so stupid.”
“You’re a sucker. You bit it. Why? Because you give a f*ck,” he argues. “Because of your feelings. Because you have such an emotional attachment to these things that you utterly lose your perspective.”
Local authorities are reportedly looking into the videos, but it is unclear whether Reposa will be charged for his purported actions.
Reposa’s video confession, as posted online, can be seen below.
His video attacking Dukes can be seen here.