Normally this wouldn’t be a story that I would write about simply because stories of racism are so common I could cover a new one in this country every single day. But this story struck me as particularly noteworthy based on all the aspects of it. First, the blatant racism of evicting a couple from an RV park because they’re interracial. Then there’s the fact that the husband is a 13-year sergeant in the U.S. National Guard. But then you add in the reasoning given by the owner of the RV park for their blatant racism that allegedly includes citing their church, community and family members for why they wouldn’t allow a “black man” and a white woman to “shack up” together – even though they’re married.
Oddly enough, things didn’t start out so contentious.
“He was real nice,” Erica Dunahoo said of Gene Baker, owner of the RV park. “He invited me to church and gave me a hug. I bragged on him to my family.”
But then he found out who her husband was, an African-American.
“Hey, you didn’t tell me you was married to no black man,” Dunahoo claims Baker said. “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 then alleges that Baker said she didn’t “talk like” she would be with a black man and had she “come across” as someone who was married to an African American (whatever the hell that means) they wouldn’t have had this problem. Because, of course, he would have never let them move in at all.
She also went on to say that Baker said he was still allowed to attend her church, but as an interracial couple, they wouldn’t be allowed to become members.
Let me remind everyone that, while this happened in Mississippi (shocking, I know), it’s 2016 – not 1946.
But racism isn’t really an issue anymore, right?
While this story may surprise some people, as a lifelong Texan and southerner, it’s not really that shocking. This is a more extreme case of blatant racism, but this sort of attitude is still widely acceptable in many areas of South and the country, for that matter.
Though I think the part I like most is the church hypocrisy. They can go to the church… they just can’t become members. Because, you know, the “black thing.” How “Christian” of them. Nothing says we’re “followers of the teachings of Jesus Christ” like a good old fashioned helping of blatant racism, judgement and intolerance.
Again, this garbage is fairly common in the South. There are many of what I call “church-attendance Christians.” These are folks who really aren’t at all Christian (at least not by the way they act), but because they go to church, they think that makes them one.
And did I mention that this woman’s husband is a current 13-year member of the military?
But, please, tell me again how conservatives (because I’m going to guess this Gene Baker is a Republican) respect our troops and our veterans.
Believe it or not, the story actually does get more absurd. You see, when asked if he would let another interracial couple live at his RV park, Baker announced that he was “closing it down.”
Yes, this racist fool would rather shut the RV park down than rent to an interracial couple. That’s how ingrained this type of racism is in many cultures throughout the South. Though what’s so sad about these types of people is that they really don’t know any better. Since they were born, that’s how they’ve been raised. While that’s absolutely not an excuse, try to understand what it would be like to be raised encapsulated and isolated in a community that really isn’t much different than it was 50 years ago.
This is why, even in 2016, we’re still fighting a good chunk of the GOP which wants to bring society back to what it was like in the 50’s and 60’s. To be quite honest, many of these communities haven’t evolved much past that point in time.
Watch the video below via The Clarion-Ledger: