Easter Sunday just passed, and families across the nation celebrated the holiday with the usual church services, dinners and gatherings. The tradition of the Easter egg hunt was upended in shocking fashion when a family discovered some plastic eggs filled with racist propaganda.
The incident took place in a section of Henrico County, Va., not far from the state capital of Richmond. Brandon and Jackie Smith were in the midst of doing the egg hunt with their 3-year-old when they noticed some of the plastic eggs differed from the ones they placed on their lawn. Upon opening the egg, the Smith family was assaulted with messages apparently crafted by the organizers of the failed White Man March.
“My husband noticed the last Easter egg and I knew it wasn’t one that put out. We opened it and it’s got the white supremacist stuff in it,” said Mrs. Smith to local ABC affiliate WRIC.
Inside the egg the small printed message read, “Diversity = white genocide” and “Mass immigration and forced assimilation of non-whites into our lands is genocide”– slogans that have been shared across social media by participants of the White Man March.
Mr. Smith, who called the act “absurd,” traveled to other homes in the College Hill neighborhood and informed parents about what they encountered. The Smith family said that their nearby neighbors’ lawns were also peppered by the racist Easter eggs.
“We don’t want other kids around here who can read being like, ‘Hey mommy what’s the million man white march or what’s the genocide project?’ Most of us don’t want to explain genocide to our 6-year-olds,” added Mrs. Smith.
The Smith family, who are white, spoke for their entire neighborhood in expressing their outrage regarding the incident.
“Everybody’s shocked. We are genuinely floored. Why would somebody do this? Why here?” said Mrs. Smith.
Henrico Police are investigating the matter, and may press littering or trespassing charges. White Man March organizers have yet to claim any involvement in the racist Easter egg fiasco.