‘Whites just’ no more: California bill would remove racist property language – OCRegister

7August 2020

For nearly 100 years, purchasers of certain houses in California have been forced to sign paperwork bearing an awful guideline: You should be White to live in this house.

Those rules are no longer enforceable, but for many, they stay as an uncomfortable pointer of the state’s racist history. A brand-new bill, announced today by a group of California lawmakers, could change that.

“These covenants are appalling and a tip that communities of color have been and continue to be discriminated against publicly and privately,” Assemblywoman Fall Burke, D-Los Angeles, composed in a press release. “It is our responsibility to rectify previous oppressions to pave the way for greater inclusion for all individuals and to promote varied communities.”

The bill would remove racial covenants– contracts forbiding homeowner from offering to certain racial groups– from property documents throughout California. Such contracts were common in the 1930s and 1940s, and though they were considered prohibited by the Supreme Court in 1948, they stay on the books because there is no system in California to completely eliminate them.”It is time to remove racial real estate covenants that are a by-product of our racist past,”Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, composed in the press release.” Getting rid of these real estate covenants is an ethical right and an essential action in

bringing racial justice to Californians.”McCarty, Burke, Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and Senator Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, strategy to introduce the bill later on this year. The proposed legislation follows a similar attempt in 2009 to remove racial covenants. That bill was banned by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who argued its result would be minimal because the covenants already are unenforceable.

He also worried about the cost of modifying home deeds consisting of racial covenants. A lot of racial covenants already featured a disclaimer saying they are void. And in 2000, California set up a process for house owners to add a document to their home file with the racial language stricken out. That redacted document sits on top of the original, but does not replace it, so a record of the racist language remains. It’s a process hardly ever utilized in the Bay Area. And to some, it’s inadequate– they wonder why the original racist language is allowed to stay at all. Others argue the original documents ought to not be changed, as they are part of this state’s history. However for Weiner, the best move is clear.”California’s real estate system was produced to perpetuate racial partition. Racist covenants belonged to that system,”he composed in the release. “It’s long overdue to remove them out of deeds and to move past

this unsightly chapter in our history.

” See our statement on our upcoming Racial Covenants Legislation listed below @AsmAutumnBurke, @Scott_Wiener @DavidChiu pic.twitter.com/HxRi6arEmF– Asm. Kevin

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