East Austin

Police are investigating a brick with an offensive message thrown into the window of an East Austin home.

The brick, thrown through a 4-year-old boy’s bedroom window, read “Keep Eastside Black. Keep Eastside Strong.”

The homeowner, Barbara Frische, who is white, said she has lived in the home for 10 years.

“It’s the first time anything like this has ever happened to me,” she said.

Frische was featured in a Statesman Watch article published in May in which she lobbied for action to be taken on a charred house that posed a safety hazard.

She has not received negative feedback from area residents about the article, she said, and does not believe this morning’s incident is connected to it.

Police have not classified this incident as a hate crime, said Austin Police Sgt. Richard Stresing, because hate crimes target an individual specifically because of an identifying characteristic, like race. Police say the incident has been classified as criminal mischief and deadly conduct.

via Police investigating brick thrown into East Austin home | The Blotter

Let me ask you — if a brick had been thrown through the window of a black family’s home that said, “Keep Eastside White.  Keep Eastside Strong.” that there would be any question that this qualified as a hate crime?

7 Comments

  1. mexigogue says:

    Soooo the police aren’t treating this as a hate crime because they think the target of the crime was the WINDOW??? Unless thing happened to the houses of black families in that neighborhood it seems clear that this family was targeted specifically for their skin color.

    On another note, here is a prime instance where Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton should step in and provide assistance and help draw attention to this issue. That is if Al and Jesse could stop seeing color for one minute and actually see people.

  2. Kristin says:

    As someone with firsthand knowledge of what’s going on around the East side of Austin you should be asking why are minorities upset. I am not condoning the brick throwing, the angry they are experiencing should be shifted towards the entity that is uprooting thousands of minorities. I have a friend’s grandmother her house has been paired off for years (10 in fact) her home was taken from her and the value of raising kids and grandkids can never be replaced by the paltry check she was given.

    Gentrification is occurring and the people whose homes are being taken have no outlet to vent their frustration. They feel no different than someone who was to come into your home and tell you I want this property for someone else and that someone else is better than you.

    Learn a bit of the history of Austin first and understand how crippling mentally this is for people who for the longest were ignored until someone realized they possess something of value. Better yet where are these people to go now? Where are they to obtain affordable housing?

    http://www.klru.org/austinnow/archives/gentrification/index.php

    (watch the vid at the end of the article)

  3. Phelps says:

    As someone with firsthand knowledge of what’s going on around the East side of Austin you should be asking why are minorities upset.

    Right. And we should have been more sensitive to the fears and concerns of the Klan. Got it.

    When white people fuck up, it is because they are evil. When black people fuck up, it is because white people are evil.

  4. Kristin says:

    OMG white people are evil. Thank God I am only an 1/8th evil then, it would feel horrible to be all evil.

  5. Kristin says:

    OBTW, because you have probably never been in a situation like this let me explain how it works. They people going door to door asking the home owners to move happen to look just like them. Money and greed rarely know what race looks like.

  6. mexigogue says:

    Instead of blaming Ike, maybe we should be asking what Tina was doing to make him so mad.

  7. Tina’s heels. That’s what did it, the shoes, they drove Ike mad.

    It’s a bloody hate crime.

    Next.