Monday, April 25, 2005

whites only

The Times reports on the continuing existence of racial convenants between homeowners, which restrict who they can sell their house to. These covenants are illegal but still exist:

"RICHMOND, Va. — Nealie Pitts was shopping for a house for her son three years ago when she spotted a for-sale sign in front of a modest brick bungalow here. When she stopped to ask the owner about it, at first she thought she misheard his answer.

"This house is going to be sold to whites only," said the owner, Rufus Matthews, according to court papers filed by Ms. Pitts, who is African-American. "It's not for colored."

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