Y’know, for a state where marrying your cousin isn’t too uncommon, people in Mississippi really shouldn’t be worrying too much about a couple’s skin color matching.
Erica Flores Dunahoo, a Hispanic and Native American woman, and Stanley Hoskins, an African American man, were evicted from an RV park due to their relationship.
Dunahoo and Hoskins have been married for over a decade, and according to her, this is the first time their mixed-race has been an issue. Gene Baker, owner of the RV park in question, admitted that he evicted the couple due to their relationship.
Hoskins, a National Guardsman for over 13 years, Dunahoo, and their two children had been looking for some cheap RV space to rent, to save money and get their life on track. That was when she met with Gene Baker. Dunahoo met with Baker to give him a $275 check for the monthly rent.
USA Today reports:
“He was real nice,” she said. “He invited me to church and gave me a hug. I bragged on him to my family.”
The next day, she said, Baker telephoned her and said, “Hey, you didn’t tell me you was married to no black man.”
She said she replied that she didn’t realize it was a problem.
“Oh, it’s a big problem with the members of my church, my community and my mother-in-law,” she quoted him as saying. “They don’t allow that black and white shacking.”
“We’re not shacking. We’re married,” she replied.
“Oh, it’s the same thing,” she quoted him as replying.
Baker reportedly went on to explain that he, personally, didn’t have a problem with interracial couples, it was everyone else around him. According to Baker, the neighbors might have problems with it. I can understand why the residents would be worried about keeping their Mississippi RV park classy.
He also added that the couple would be allowed to attend his church, but they would be barred from becoming members. Because that’s what Christianity is about, folks, accepting people with open arms (as long as they look and act exactly like us!)
The family, after getting booted from Baker’s RV park, moved to a nearby one with slightly higher rent. They also reported the issue to the NAACP, on a hunch that evicting someone due to race shouldn’t be okay.
“Racial discrimination should be a thing of the past in Mississippi, considering our long history,” said Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi NAACP.
But with some state leaders expressing intolerance, “we can do no more than expect incidents like this to exist in the state of Mississippi,” he said.
So, while the NAACP is investigating, they’re also kind of doing what the rest of the world does when it comes to Mississippi: *Shrug* “Well, we all kinda saw that coming…”