Deeded Discrimination: Thousands of deeds still have discriminatory language
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For much of the last century, San Diego County was racially divided. In some streets and neighborhoods, people of all races and religions lived side by side. In many others, only white people were allowed to purchase or rent homes. inewsource found more than 10,000 real estate documents across San Diego County with clauses that excluded people of color and other groups, such as Jews and Hindus. But in extraordinary cases, homebuyers could break through this racist system. Here are two such stories.
This investigation was published in partnership with National Public Radio. It was also featured by inewsource’s local partners.
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From Imperial Beach to Campo to Oceanside, racist housing covenants shaped San Diego for decades
Today racial covenants are no longer enforceable, but many old deeds across San Diego County still have them.