AUSTIN, Texas — Austinites discovered anti-Semitic and white supremacist stickers in two Austin parks this morning, the latest incident in a growing number of hate incidents. The shock spread over social media, although the stickers were gone by afternoon, removed by neighbors.
We talked to park visitor Donna Coppedge at Brentwood park. “My husband and were talking that it really kind of made us angry that they would use this place for children to play and have a good time,” she said.
At the same time – a white supremacist group claiming responsibility for flyers and stickers emailed Austin media outlets. The email pushes an anti-Jewish, and anti-black agenda from a group that claims to be a religion. There is no word if this group is tied to the fire at a local synagogue, or demonstrations by white supremacists on freeway overpasses.
But it is one more incident in a growing number. Some Austinites are fighting back. “It’s alarming when you see these incidents creeping up again and again and again, especially as a member of the Jewish community and any community that gets targeted by these flyers,” said ATXKind co-founder, Sharyn Vane.
She is one of the organizers of the Rally for Kindness, scheduled for this Sunday. “We have created the event that will happen on Sunday on the Capitol steps. I think people want a place to come together,” she said. “I do think it’s important to shine a spotlight on these incidents that are happening so that everyone in the community is aware.”
The Rally for Kindness takes place on the Capitol steps on Sunday, November 14, from 2 to 4 pm.