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Task force aims to block racially insensitive language from covenant

Posted at 5:21 PM, Jul 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-29 17:21:06-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It started with a home purchase in Betton Hills.

Now the push to remove racially insensitive language from home contracts might finally happen.

On Monday, the neighborhood association, local faith leaders, the city and other groups met to take action.

The task force to remove racially restrictive language is made up of community and faith leaders.

They don't want to have the original language removed for good from the covenant, but blocked out during home purchases. That means when somebody goes to buy a house, the racially insensitive language would be marked out.

The current language says "no person of other than the Caucasian race shall own, use or occupy any property in said subdivision." It dates back to the 1930s and was tied to a federal grant program.

This all came to light after a woman tried to buy a home in the Betton Hills earlier this summer, but changed her mind when she saw this written in the neighborhood covenant.

In making the decision to market out the language, the group says it's not right to erase a piece of history.

"The history is a record and that's the way it was. It's a great way to remind us and to build upon us so that it doesn't happen in the future," said Mario Taylor.

The task force's next meeting is August 26 at 2:00 p.m. By then, the hope is to have an action plan written up with their demands to give to Senator Bill Montford.

The group says this isn't just a countywide issue, but across the state.