Racism is alive and well everywhere, including in the housing market. Erica Flores Dunahoo–who is Hispanic and Native American, and her husband, an African American man named Stanley Hoskins, who is also a Mississippi National Guard Sergeant–and their kids were told they couldn’t stay in a trailer park because the park’s owner didn’t approve of the couple’s interracial relationship.
“Me and my husband, not ever in 10 years have we experienced any problem,” Flores told a local paper. “Nobody’s given us dirty looks. This is our first time.”
But Gene Baker, the owner of the trailer park that Erica had given a $275 check to so her family could have some place to live, wasn’t having it– once he found out Erica’s husband is black.
“Oh, it’s a big problem with the members of my church, my community and my mother-in-law,” he said, she recalled to the Clarion-Ledger. “They don’t allow that black and white shacking.”
Erica explained to Baker that her and Stanley weren’t “shacking up” and were married but she said Baker told her, “its the same thing”.
Baker kept going, according to Erica, and added, “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.”
The NAACP is looking into the situation, but Baker has since told the newspaper he’s gonna shut the park down to “solve the problem” of all the media attention he and his race-based trailer park are now getting.
Meanwhile, happily, the Hoskins family was able to find another home in a park that welcomed them with open arms.
A 2011 study revealed that Mississippi has one of the largest, mixed-race populations in the country and that the numbers are rapidly growing.