Erica Flores Dunahoo and her husband Stanley Hoskins wanted to start over and get their lives “back on track.”
So Dunahoo arranged for she and her husband to move into an RV park run by Gene Baker. Dunahoo is Native American and Hispanic, and her husband is African-American.
When Dunahoo first moved in, she said that Baker welcomed her with open arms, with full knowledge that her husband would join her shortly.
He was real nice,” she said of Baker. “He invited me to church and gave me a hug. I bragged on him to my family.
But things quickly changed once Baker found out that her husband was a black man. On Feb. 28 Dunahoo paid the first month’s rent. However, the next day Baker called her with some bad news.
Hey, you didn’t tell me you was married to no black man,” Dunahoo recalled Baker saying. “Oh, it’s a big problem with the members of my church, my community and my mother-in-law… They don’t allow that black and white shacking.
Dunahoo told Baker that she was not “shacking,” she’s married. Baker ignorantly insisted it was “the same thing.”
You don’t talk like you wouldn’t be with no black man,” Baker allegedly said. “If you would had come across like you were with a black man, we wouldn’t have this problem right now.”
“My husband ain’t no thug,” Dunahoo argued. “He’s a good man. My husband has served his country for 13 years. He’s a sergeant in the National Guard.
According to Dunahoo, Baker returned their rent money and the couple’s working on relocating to a higher priced RV Park.
The Mississippi NAACP started investigating the couple’s case after being contacted by Dunahoo.
Racial discrimination should be a thing of the past in Mississippi, considering our long history,” Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson pointed out.
Baker told The Clarion-Ledger that he asked the couple to leave because “the neighbors were giving me such a problem.”
The landlord also told the newspaper that he had no problem with interracial couples. In fact, he said his church even granted interracial couples the honor and privilege of attending their hallowed services.
Dunahoo, tells a slightly different story. She claims Baker told her that she and her husband wasn’t welcome at the church and could never become members.
When the Ledger asked Baker if he would rent to another interracial couple, Baker replied:
I’m closing it down, and that solves the problem.
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