“Caucasians Only” Clause in Deed Shocks Interracial Couple

“Caucasians Only” Clause in Deed Shocks Interracial Couple
September 12 14:29 2016 Print This Article

An interracial couple closing on their home found something in the deed they didn’t expect–a ‘whites only’ clause.

The deed specified that no “dwelling” on the quarters could be occupied by anyone who is not Caucasian, except for “domestic servant’s quarters.”

The San Antonio couple was shocked, according to NBC News. 

Along with the title are exceptions to the title, which nullify the invalid portions, such as the race clause.

America’s racist history often surfaces in titles and deeds, as NPR reported in 2010:

The deed on homeowner John Williford’s 75-year-old Myers Park house includes restrictions written by the original developers geared to preserve the parklike feel of the neighborhood. The deeds also include racial restrictions: “This lot shall be owned and occupied by people of the Caucasian race only.”

 

Williford certainly doesn’t agree with that.

 

 

“I mean, things were different back in 1935, certainly than they are now,” Williford says.

 

This kind of language is in deeds across America, not just in the South. Seattle Historian James Gregory and a team of University of Washington students have amassed a database of thousands of deeds with racist wording.

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13 comments
Jackal151
Jackal151

Do you really think this is shocking. WHY!!!! It's more shocking to me and now maybe I have the answer I've actually been seeking myself. Like why Do We stay in the condition we are in without too much change at all in any direction. It's because after all these years so many blacks are still motionless and believing your pie in the sky. Well sometime if the doesn't come to you then you have to go to it! And eat it all.

Rick Manigault
Rick Manigault

I would welcome this Brotha and his white wife into my neighborhood. That being said we should be able to have restrictive covenants to limit the number of whites, or others looking to displace us. 

Sea Pea
Sea Pea

It's called owning your property and not selling out.

Debra Thompson
Debra Thompson

They're called restrictive covenants and they cannot be removed from deeds that were implemented many years ago. There are many kinds -- the racial covenants being the worst.

Alisa Williams
Alisa Williams

I get her pretending to be shocked , but dude's pathetic, what rock did he crawl from under acting shocked by this.

Kenith Bolston
Kenith Bolston

WHY IS EVERYONE SOOOOO SHOCKED? #knowwhereyoulive damn it \U0001f60e

BA Richards
BA Richards

This is really not that shocking given the deeds are 75 years old in one case. What really would be shocking is if people actually enforce these deeds to the letter in 2016.

Ralph Long
Ralph Long

It's their own fault for being shocked.....nothing in history says racism was over. Nothing.