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This Couple's Swirly Love Isn't Welcome at This Mississippi Trailer Park

This Couple's Swirly Love Isn't Welcome at This Mississippi Trailer Park

War vet and his wife were told the community doesn't allow "Black and white shacking."

Published April 4, 2016

At least one community in Mississippi still has its clock set back to before 1967.

Stanley Hoskins and his wife, Erica Flore Dunahoo, were kicked out of a Tupulo, Mississippi, RV park because of their interracial relationship. Hoskins, who is Black, told the local Clarion-Ledger that his wife, who is part Hispanic and part Native American, got a call from park owner Gene Baker saying, "Hey, you didn't tell me you was married to no Black man."

Despite Baker's insistence that he has no problem with the couple, Dunahoo claims that in the phone call Baker went on to say, "It's a big problem with the members of my church, my community and my mother-in-law." He added, "They don't allow that Black and white shacking."

"We're not shacking. We're married," Dunahoo replied.

Dunahoo also says that Baker told her, "You don't talk like you wouldn't be with no Black man... If you would have come across like you were with a Black man, we wouldn't have this problem right now." Dunahoo defended her husband, telling her landlord, "He's a good man. My husband has served his country for 13 years. He's a sergeant in the National Guard."

Hoskins has called the entire situation "ludicrous."

Dunahoo and Hoskins then had a recent rent check returned to them, and have had to move to a more expensive RV park since being kicked out. Dunahoo promptly reached out to local NAACP president Derrick Johnson, who told the Ledger, "Racial discrimination should be a thing of the past in Mississippi, considering our long history."

Baker was asked if he would rent the vacant RV space to a different interracial couple, to which he replied, "I'm closing it down, and that solves the problem." 

(Photo: Erica Flores Dunahoo Facebook)

Written by Evelyn Diaz

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