After residents in Oakdale and Riverbank received Easter eggs filled with propaganda for a white supremacist rally Saturday, the day came and went without any noticeable signs of the so-called White Man March.
The first eggs were discovered Friday morning in front yards of homes in a middle-class neighborhood on Oakdale’s west side.
Saturday, the same day The Modesto Bee printed a story about the eggs, more were found on the west side of Riverbank.
One Riverbank resident said he threw away the egg but then retrieved it from the trash after reading the story in The Bee.
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“It’s not something I wanted to receive,” he said. “Where I live, the people are white, black, Hispanic and Vietnamese; none of that racial horse crap goes on here.”
Printed on strips of paper inside the eggs were passages such as “Diversity is a code word for white genocide” and “Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white,” along with the Web address for the White Man March.
The first of these marches took place March 15. Only small groups participated in Cincinnati and Birmingham, Ala., no more than 100 people in all, according to the online news and gossip blog Gawker.
The second march was scheduled for Saturday.
The response from Oakdale and Riverbank residents was mostly disgust.
“I get that it is free speech, but don’t bring it to my house,” said Oakdale resident Charlene Barnett. “I don’t want to hear it. I don’t subscribe to that. I’ve got Buddha on my front porch, for crying out loud.”
If the propaganda eggs were designed to garner support for the movement, the effort appears to have failed.
Oakdale and Riverbank police reported no signs of a march Saturday. Police said residents who witness a person leaving eggs, or the like, can file a report against that person for littering on private property.