(UPDATED 4/25/14) Some residents of Henrico County, Va., received a nasty surprise when they opened the rainbow-hued eggs found strewn on their lawns on Easter Sunday morning: White supremacist messages instead of the usual candy.
Jim McCarty told local television station NBC 12 that at first he was pleased to find the colorful eggs in his yard.
"I was like, ‘Oh, one of the neighbors gave me an egg.' And I opened it up, and it had this horrible message in it," he said. "I was stunned by it, on Easter Sunday. I wonder how many children picked these up and said, 'Look what I got. Oh, I got hatred on Easter Sunday. What a great gift.'"
The racist messages offered a chilling contrast to their cheerfully colored vessels: "Diversity = White genocide” and “Mass immigration and forced assimilation of non-Whites into our lands is genocide," two of the messages read. Others provided the website, WhiteManMarch.com, of the group that may have been responsible for the hateful surprise.
“That hate message was not consistent with Easter,” said Andrew Shannon, vice president of the Virginia chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), which was founded by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “It is a sad commentary that in the year 2014 we still have this type of racial hatred and bitterness.”
Some residents of Oakdale, Calif., received similar egg deliveries on Good Friday with messages that read: “Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White” and “Asia for Asians, Africa for Africans and White countries for everybody!!!”
“I’m leaving the house in the morning at 8:30 and I go, ‘Oh someone left a nice little gift for me on the porch,’ ” resident Charlene Barnett told The Modesto Bee. But after opening it, “I dropped it and went, ‘Oh, God.’ Something so pretty – a wish for hope and a renewal in spring – and it’s something nasty on the inside.”
WhiteManMarch.com links to The White Genocide Project’s website. Writing on the site’s blog, Steve Goode, who describes himself as the “writer and reporter for WhiteGenocideProject.com, based in Europe,” praises whoever delivered the “hate bombs” and elaborates on the anti-diversity, anti-immigration themes.
“ONLY White countries are expected to be for everyone. ONLY White neighborhoods are ‘not diverse enough.’ ONLY White people are denied a place to preserve ourselves,” he declared. “This is not a progressive policy – this is a genocidal policy, because the conditions forced on White countries are intended to make a world without White people, or at least, a shrinking White minority that has no power over our destiny.”
The SCLC’s Shannon said such misguided propaganda should be a wake-up call for the civil rights community. “We can’t rest on our laurels,” he said.
Jason Johnson, political analyst at Hiram College, said the Easter Week episode underscores the persistence of racism in the nation’s culture. "This is just another example of why our government is still grossly out of touch with what is happening on the ground in America. These are the actions of a few violent men and women who feel that they are being 'invaded' by people of color, and 'betrayed' by other Whites who don't share their belief system,” he told the AFRO.
“Yet this type of bigotry persists, right beneath the surface of even the holiest of weekends. Yet at the same time our Supreme Court deems Affirmative Action to be problematic, and suggests that racial animus in this county is no longer a compelling factor in the lives of minorities. I would suggest these Easter Eggs tell a different story."