A Mississippi RV park owner came out and admitted that he evicted an interracial couple in late February because the husband is black.
The owner of the RV park would apparently close down his business than to rent to another interracial couple.
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.”
According to Gene Baker, he asked the interracial couple to leave his RV park in Tupelo because “the neighbors were giving me such a problem.”
In February, Dunahoo, 40, and her 37-year-old husband, Stanley Hoskins, who have two children, were looking to rent an RV space when she contacted Baker. “We were trying to save money to get our life on track,” she said.
She gave Baker a $275 check on Feb. 28 for the month. She said, “He was real nice,” and added that he invited her to church “and gave me a hug. I bragged on him to my family.”
It was just the next day that Baker called her on the phone to say, “Hey, you didn’t tell me you was married to no black man.”
Dunahoo told him she didn’t think it would be a problem.
“Oh, it’s a big problem with the members of my church, my community and my mother-in-law,” she recalled him him telling her. “They don’t allow that black and white shacking.”
“We’re not shacking. We’re married,” she told Baker.
“Oh, it’s the same thing,” she said he told her.
“You don’t talk like you wouldn’t be with no black man. If you would had come across like you were with a black man, we wouldn’t have this problem right now,” she quoted him as saying.
Watch courtesy of the Clarion Ledger:
She said she told Baker, “My husband ain’t no thug. He’s a good man. My husband has served his country for 13 years. He’s a sergeant in the National Guard.”
She said she prayed that Baker would change his mind but that didn’t happen. Instead, he returned the couple’s money and the couple had to find another place to rent.
Dunahoo said she reported the incident to the NAACP and added, “I just want it to be where everybody is treating everybody equally.”
Baker was asked if he had problems with interracial couples and he responded, “Oh, no.”
He then went on to say that the church allows them to attend but Dunahoo said that offer came with a caveat. She said she was told they “were not allowed to be members.”
Baker was asked if he would rent to another interracial couple, and he responded, “I’m closing it down, and that solves the problem.”
H/T: FON’s own @ComgenKDT, with thanks.
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