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Racist restrictions in old home deeds across Washington state will get expanded scrutiny

Submitted by Xiaoshun Zeng on May 3, 2021 - 1:00pm
When David and Emily Sibley bought their 1940s ranch-style home in Walla Walla in late 2018, they received a list of a dozen covenants as part of the title documents. (Courtesy of David and Emily Sibley)

History Professor James Gregory is quoted in a Seattle Times article on racist restrictions in home deeds across the Washington State. Racial covenants prohibited people of certain races, nationalities and religions from living in certain neighborhoods until housing discrimination was outlawed in the 1960s. Washington state home owners can file a restrictive covenant modification if their property is covered by a racial covenant.

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