Residents in a small, rural, otherwise peaceful town in Northern California were infiltrated with racially explicit Easter eggs bearing white supremacist messages, according to The Modesto Bee on Friday. The messages were inside of Easter eggs which were left in assorted arrangements, and included statements such as: "Diversity is a code word for white genocide."
It is believed that the hate-filled eggs were left on people's doorsteps prior to 7 A.M.. The neighborhood affected was in the newer, Western part of Oakdale. Some of the eggs were packed neatly in bushes. All of the eggs contained hateful messages, such as: “Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white." Another message read: “Asia for Asians, Africa for Africans and white countries for everybody!!!”
In addition to the hate-filled messages, the eggs also contained a website address to the presumed perpetrators, the organizers of the White Man March which took place in Birmingham, Alabama and Cincinnati, Ohio on March 15. Only about a hundred marchers participated in that event, which makes Friday's Easter egg incident in Oakdale all the more perplexing.
Where did these people come from and what were they doing in Oakdale? These are some of the questions that come to mind when contemplating this incident, the motives of the people involved, and why they singled out a charming, quiet, pristine neighborhood in an otherwise peaceful town.
Oakdale, which is nicknamed "the cowboy capital of the world," is in the heart of California's Central Valley. It is nestled between Modesto to the west and Sonora to the east. It is also considered to be the "gateway to Yosemite" because of its close proximity to Yosemite National Park. Oakdale used to be the home of Hershey Chocolate Company's western plant until the company moved the factory to Mexico. Oakdale also has a museum, an antique railroad, and a grainery. It relies heavily on the tourist industry for much its commerce.