In 2016 this kind of racism is still on the books, eh? Imagine that..
When the Foster family bought a home in Lake Hills, a subdivision of El Dorado Hills, California, wife and mother Liese Foster was surprised by an occupancy rule for the community.
Only white people are allowed to live there.”I’m like, you’ve gotta be kidding me. That’s ridiculous,” Liese said. “It was just really kinda awful and racist and terrible.”
The exact wording of the clause in the Lake Hills Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions — or CC&R — reads: “No person except those of the white Caucasian race shall occupy or reside upon any residential lot or plot in this subdivision, except when employed in the household of a white Caucasian tenant or owner.”
The rule has been in place since 1961 and — according to the document — was instituted because of the belief that allowing non-whites would lower property values.
Some residents were not aware of the rule and those that were didn’t give it too much weight — as non-whites do live in the community.
Nonetheless, those who spoke on camera say the policy needs to be removed from the books.
“Everybody knows that you can’t enforce things like that. It still sends a message,” Liese said.