MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. - Mysterious plastic Easter eggs discovered Wednesday afternoon at Hickory Park in Mountain Home definitely didn't come from the Easter Bunny.
A visitor to the park found four plastic Easter eggs, which included multiple pieces of racist literature. Bulletin personnel visited the park and found four more eggs before alerting the Mountain Home Police Department and the office of Mountain Home Mayor Joe Dillard.
The egg delivered to The Bulletin contained a strip of paper declaring "DIVERSITY is CODE for WHITE GENOCIDE", a phrase that has been used for several years by a group to adorn a billboard in the Harrison area.
The slip of paper also included a statement, which read "Forcing integration and assimilation between unlike groups of people is genocide, according to the UN's own definition. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part." The manifesto concluded with the following statement: Forced inclusion isn't an ideal, it's a CRIME.
One of the eggs located by The Bulletin was opened by Mountain Home Police Officer Billy Dearmore, who found a package of melted candy, a small plastic dinosaur toy and another piece of racist literature containing a website and two hashtags, including one which reads #TrumpIsaFakePresident.
A visit to the website listed on the paper revealed a group which posts "fake news" stories and spreads additional racist information. Contact info on the site lists Laura Fitz-Gerald as the site proprietor and a post office box in Columbia, S.C.
The site also includes photos of the notorious Harrison billboard, along with photos of two unidentified females displaying a banner on the North Arkansas College campus in Harrison, and two men with the same banner at the Arkansas-Missouri border on U.S. Highway 65.
All eggs at the park were collected by Mountain Home Parks and Recreation Director Billy Dee Austin for destruction. Police warn anyone in a public park to refrain from eating any candy found in a plastic egg at any public location.
Wednesday's actions were the first known distribution of racist literature in Mountain Home in recent memory.
© Gannett Co., Inc. 2017. All Rights Reserved