The owner of a Mississippi RV trailer park evicted an interracial couple from its grounds, allegedly telling the wife that he doesn’t allow “Black and white shacking” at his business. Erica Flores Dunahoo, who is of Hispanic and Native American descent, and her Black husband, Stanley Hoskins, were given the boot because park owner Gene Baker said the neighbors asked him to do so.
The Clarion-Ledger reports:
“Me and my husband, not ever in 10 years have we experienced any problem,” said Erica Flores Dunahoo, who is Hispanic and Native American and whose husband, a National Guardsman, is African-American. “Nobody’s given us dirty looks. This is our first time.”
More than a half-century after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 barred discrimination on the basis of race, Gene Baker acknowledged asking the interracial couple to leave his RV park in Tupelo.
Baker, who lives in Aberdeen, said he only did it because “the neighbors were giving me such a problem.”
The NAACP is investigating.
As the Clarion-Ledger adds, interracial marriage wasn’t outlawed in Mississippi until 1967 and it appears some of that sentiment is still being held over. Baker initially greeted Dunahoo with open arms and even invited her to his church. But apparently after discovering that her husband is Black, things changed swiftly.
Dunahoo said that Baker told her that the marriage to Hoskins was a “big problem” with his church and community and they didn’t “allow that Black and white shacking” according to her account.
Baker, amid the attention and the violation of the Fair Housing Act, vowed to shut down the park in response.
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