An interracial couple was evicted from their Mississippi RV park by the owner and says it was due to racism.
Erica Flores Dunahoo, 40, who is Hispanic and Native American, says: “Me and my husband, not ever in 10 years have we experienced any problem.”
Dunahoo’s husband, a National Guardsman, is African-American. “Nobody’s given us dirty looks. This is our first time.”
But Tupelo RV park owner, Gene Baker, says he evicted the couple because “the neighbors were giving me such a problem.”
The NAACP is investigating the situation, according to Daily Mail.
Dunahoo and her husband, Stanley Hoskins, 37, have two kids and wanted to rent an RV space when she contacted Baker. “We were trying to save money to get our life on track,” she said.
She arrived at the RV park and gave Baker a $275 check for rent on Feb. 28, reports Clarion-Ledger.
“He was real nice,” she said. “He invited me to church and gave me a hug. I bragged on him to my family.”
Dunahoo says the next day, Baker called her and said, “Hey, you didn’t tell me you was married to no black man.”
“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.
Dunahoo said Baker 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 said she replied, “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.”
Dunahoo said she reported the incident to the NAACP because, “I just want it to be where everybody is treating everybody equally."
The couple went to talk to Baker again but he would not budge and returned their $275 check. The couple is now relocating to another RV park where the rent is $325 a month.
When the Clarion-Ledger asked Baker if he had an issue with interracial couples, he denied it and said his church has mixed-race couples.
Dunahoo said Baker told her they could attend his church but “we’re not allowed to be members.”
When questioned if he would rent the RV space if another interracial couple Baker said, “I’m closing it down, and that solves the problem.”