Racial-Zoning

Exclusionary Covenants

Description: This sign says that if one buys a home in said area they are only allowed to sell their home to another caucasian person.

Racial Zoning (AKA exclusionary zoning) was a legal way for banks and real-estate agents to keep whites in white neighborhoods and blacks in black neighborhoods. Although the court deemed in unconstitutional in the early 1900’s, it is still practiced up to today. Racial zoning limited what and how much land people of color could obtain. An effect of this is that people of color are forced more into these high crime, not taken care of neighborhoods since it’s impossible for them to move anywhere else. Another outcome of this is high levels of residential segregation.

For further reading: Racial-Zoning in America

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