Almost unbelievable racism is alive and well in one Mississippi town.
A married couple, the Hispanic and Native American heritage Erica Dunahoo and the African American man Stanley Hoskins, was evicted from a Tupelo RV Park for the sole and explicit reason of the color of Hoskins’s skin.
The owner cited a “problem” from the neighbors, stating that “the members of my church, my community and my mother-in-law… They don’t allow that black and white shacking.” (Shacking refers to living together as unmarried partners.)
Although, as Dunahoo pointed out to the RV Park owner, Gene Baker, her and Hoskins were married, Baker did not change his mind and promptly evicted the couple.
Along with moving to an RV Park where the rent is substantially higher, Dunahoo contacted the Mississippi NAACP to help take care of the situation.
After being asked by local media if he would continue his policy against couples of different races, Baker, the RV Park owner, declined to explicitly answer and instead stated that he was “closing down” his park.
This incident is a slap in the face to those who would somehow assert that racism is low-to-nonexistent in America, and it is also a slap to those who would assert that responses of African Americans to this hate, such as the Black Lives Matter movement, are somehow the ones inciting the hate.
There is a long history of opposition to couples of different races in America. In 1967, such unions were illegal in 16 states. These laws were overturned by a 1967 United States Supreme Court ruling. At one point, almost the entire country had similar laws.
Additionally remarkable, in 2013, only 84% of whites favored allowing interracial couples to marry. This figure is up from only 4% in 1958, and is compared to the 96% approval rate among blacks in 2013.
According to further data, the approval rate of black/white marriages is only 70% among those who are over the age of 65, and in the subgoup of Southerners, the overall approval rate is slightly lower than the overall, at 83%.
In other words, the scourge of racism is alive and well in America, and there is a lot of work to do.
You can watch an emotional interview with Dunahoo below, via YouTube.
Featured Image is a Screenshot from the Video.