HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) - Parents in the West End are outraged after waking up to find Easter eggs filled with racist notes.
"You can hit the whole world with the Internet, stay out of my yard," said mother Jackie Smith
The Smiths were having an egg hunt with their 3-year-old son Sunday afternoon. It’s an Easter tradition that was interrupted after an upsetting discovery.
"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 Jackie Smith.
Inside the egg was the message "diversity = white genocide.” It said, “Mass immigration and forced assimilation of non-whites into our lands is genocide."
“I think it's absurd,” said Brandon Smith. He went around their college hill neighborhood looking for more of the eggs and alerting parents so other children wouldn't find them.
“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,” said Jackie.
"It's disturbing knowing my son is walking around the yard a lot and finding that. It’s something he may find and have questions about that not necessarily at his age –I want to explain to him. That there are people in this world who don't think everyone is equal,” said Brandon Smith.
They found several more in people's yards, leaving residents in disbelief.
Jackie Smith was surprised,"Everybody's shocked. We are genuinely floored. Why would somebody do this? Why here?"
Henrico Police are investigating the incident. They will be checking two websites that were listed on a paper inside the egg as well as other leads.