Is there racism in the deed to your home?

Source: Sara Clemence, N.Y.Times (Paid Registration)

Racial covenants were used across the United States, and though they are now illegal, the ugly language remains in countless property records. In Seattle and Boston, Los Angeles and Long Island and beyond, racism doesn’t just hit close to home — it can be part of it. Homeowners may not even know that their deed includes a covenant; it’s easily missed in the slew of paperwork that comes with buying a home.

Now, a number of states are enacting laws enabling homeowners to reject and more easily eliminate racial covenants.

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