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Racist language in Covenant, Conditions and Restrictions documents from the early to mid-20th century continues to exist today in homeowners’ paperwork in Treasure Valley’s older neighborhoods, such as this one in southeast Boise. Though the language is unenforceable, the process to remove it varies by neighborhood and often requires a supermajority vote from residents.

If you've ever purchased a home in an older subdivision in the Treasure Valley, you may have noticed disturbing language in your homeowner paperwork: “No persons other than persons of the White race may reside on the property except domestic servants of the owner and tenant." That's an example of what homebuyers of older houses may encounter in their Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions document, or CC&R, writes Idaho Press reporter Rachel Spacek.

Zoe Ann Olson, executive director of the Intermountain Fair Housing Council, says this racist language still exists in decades-old documents, more than 50 years after a 1948 United States Supreme Court decision to outlaw enforcement of housing covenants that denied people of color access to housing. The decision didn't ban the language itself, just enforcement of it.

You can read Spacek's full story here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up today's edition of the Idaho Press.

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