California Community Still Has 1959 'Whites Only' Rule In Place

Isabella Ohlmeyer
A California community member is asking residents to sign a document to change a decades-old ban against non-whites living in their neighborhood.

A Homeowners Association in California is apparently still living in the era of segregation by not changing an old-fashioned rule that bans non-white people from living in its community.

The Lakeside Estates Community’s Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions document that was originally written in 1959, states that only white people can reside in the El Dorado Hills neighborhood, CBS Sacramento reports.  

“No person except those of the white Caucasian race shall use, occupy, or reside upon any residential lot or plot, in this subdivision, except when employed as a servant or domestic in the household of a White Caucasian tenant or owner,” the clause in the document states.

El Dorado Hills

Although the ban is stated in writing, the rule is not enforced and many non-white people are currently residing in the community, according to Raw Story.

Cameron Foster and his family, new residents in the community, are shocked by the racist rule and plan to gather signatures from the neighborhood's homeowners to have it changed.

“I just don’t think in this day and age that’s how things should be, and I just want to set that stage for the world that my kids are gonna [sic] grow up in,” Foster said.

Yet others are not as motivated to update the wording. 

“I never disputed it because I just figured that people are above that now,” Judy Barnes, another resident in the community, said.

It’s heartbreaking that segregation and racism is still alive and active in our world today.

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