Interracial couple evicted over color of their skin
TUPELO, Miss. — An RV park owner evicted an interracial couple over the color of their skin, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
“Me and my husband, not ever in 10 years have we experienced any problem,” Erica Flores Dunahoo, who is Hispanic and Native American and whose husband, a National Guardsman, is African-American, told the Clarion-Ledger. “Nobody’s given us dirty looks. This is our first time.”
Gene Baker, the owner of the RV park, acknowledges asking the couple to leave.
Baker claims he only did it because “the neighbors were giving me such a problem.”
On Feb. 28, Dunahoo says arrived at the RV park and gave Baker a $275 check for rent for one month.
The next day, she says Baker called her and said, “Hey, you didn’t tell me you was married to no black man.”
Baker continued, according to Dunahoo, saying their status as an interracial couple was a problem with members of his church, community and mother-in-law.
Dunahoo says she and her husband went to talk to Baker and hoped he would change his mind. He didn’t. Ultimately, Baker returned the $275 the couple paid and they are relocating to another RV park.
Dunahoo’s husband, Stanley Hoskins, called the situation “ludicrous.”
The NAACP is investigating.
Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson said, “Racial discrimination should be a thing of the past in Mississippi, considering our long history.” With some state leaders expressing intolerance, he added, “We can do no more than expect incidents like this to exist in the state of Mississippi.”