Cross-posted from Mike Malloy
Several springy young tots were treated to more than candy in one Virginia neighborhood when their youngsters discovered messages from a White Supremacist group tucked inside their plastic eggs. No yolk. Raw Story has the details:
"West End parents Brandon and Jackie Smith told WRIC that they discovered the offensive eggs while having an Easter Egg hunt with their 3-year-old son on Sunday afternoon.
"'My husband noticed the last Easter egg and I knew it wasn't one that we put out,' Jackie Smith recalled. 'We opened it and it's got the white supremacist stuff in it.' Other neighbors also found hate-filled eggs in their yard with messages that said 'Diversity = White Genocide' and 'Mass immigration and forced assimilation of non-whites into our lands is genocide.'
"The notes pointed to the websites WhiteManMarch.com and WhiteGenocideProject.com, a reference to a so-called 'worldwide' protest in March that reportedly ended with a very small turnout.
"The Southern Poverty Law Center's David Neiwert pointed out that the idea for putting racist messages in Easter eggs originated with White Man's March founder Kyle Hunt, who insisted that he was not targeting children."- Advertisement -
Oh sure. No children would pick up Easter eggs in the park, would they? Of course not. How silly of us to assume children would read those messages about genocide. "What's white genocide, Mommy? Is that a superhero?" Hopefully, the tykes were too young to read. According to Salon, less than 100 bigots actually showed up for the Big racist gathering in March, which may have propelled Mr. Hunt to expand his efforts to target the preschool set. And Mr. Hunt's efforts were not limited to Virginia, his group also targeted homes in Oakdale CA, according to the Modesto Bee:
"Easter eggs were delivered early for a number of Oakdale residents, but instead of candy, the recipients found white supremacy propaganda.
"The eggs were found Friday on doorsteps, in planters and tucked in bushes in newer neighborhoods on Oakdale's west side. Printed in all capital letters on strips of paper were passages like 'Diversity is a code word for white genocide' and 'Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.'- Advertisement -
"Charlene Barnett said her husband found the egg first but left it for her to open, thinking it was from a church or neighbor, given that it was Good Friday. '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,' Barnett said. 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.'
"The message in her egg was not only racist but a bit perplexing: 'Asia for Asians, Africa for Africans and white countries for everybody!!!' Wolford, who referred to the eggs as 'hate bombs,' surveyed her neighborhood in The Vineyards subdivision and found at least 15 more eggs after discovering hers on her welcome mat.
"Along with the passages, the eggs contained a Web address for the people apparently responsible, organizers of the White Man March. The organizer, Kyle Hunt of Massachusetts, on his website encourages people to disseminate the eggs to increase membership."
Eggs of hate. Scrambles the brain, doesn't it? Don't you wonder if anybody opened one of these, read the message and thought, gee, what a great idea! Where can I join this fine organization?
In other Easter-related news, an actor was ordered off his cross in Lee County Florida because his bloody visage was creating a traffic problem. Here's Raw Story again:
"A Jesus impersonator in Florida had his roadside Easter show interrupted by police who said that the bloody display was causing drivers to nearly crash their vehicles. An event organizer admitted that authorities said the display caused 'near accidents,' and 'that we're on public property, and we shouldn't be here.' 'There were a lot of close calls with accidents and traffic back ups,' he recalled the sheriff saying.
"The nearly-naked man playing Jesus, whose makeup made him appear bloody and scarred, told the station that he climbed up on the cross because 'Easter is not about bunny rabbits.... This what our Christ endured for us. For our sins,' he said. 'And to hide that, is to not to live to the true faith of what he did for us.... It's just one of those necessities,' the actor added."
Now if only Kyle Hunt could've gotten the bloody Jesus guy to scatter hateful Easter eggs, then all would be right in the universe.