Here we are in 2021 and California’s legacy of racism lives on. California has a reputation as a liberal, open-minded and inclusive society yet there are ample examples of past and present-day racism. Today’s headlines are full of stories about assaults on Asians, apparently made more prevalent now due to the “China virus” as COVID-19 has been repeatedly referred to by the former president and his cronies. But racism against Asians is nothing new; in fact, the country’s very first immigration law was the Chinese Exclusion Act from the 1880’s. And the real estate industry has been right front and center in disenfranchising people of color – through longstanding practices of redlining, blockbusting, and steering. And then there’s the racist language in many CC&Rs (covenants, conditions, and restrictions) which exclude non-White people from owning or living in/on the parcels…which, while now void and unenforceable, are nevertheless hurtful and a painful reminder of the stark practice of white nationalism right here in the Golden State. And now, on the eve of Chinese (Lunar) New Year, it’s a sad reminder of how far California still has to go towards equal equity and opportunity for all.
California’s Legacy of Racism & Real Estate
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