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Task force develops resolution over restrictive language tied to some homes in Tallahassee

Posted at 5:23 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 17:23:12-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Making moves to remove racially insensitive language tied to some homes in Tallahassee.

The issue took center stage after a woman went to buy a home in Betton Hills and found an outdated clause that said only Caucasians can own or rent there.

A task force is now working to keep something like that from happening again.

The task force made up of community and faith leaders says its biggest priority is moving forward as quickly as possible. So they have drafted a resolution that clearly spells out what they would like to have done.

Part of the resolution touches on a court case from 1948 that made racially restricted covenants unenforceable.

The task for argues even though it doesn't affect people physically it can be a painful reminder of the country's shadow of inequality and division.

So the task force is asking that racially restrictive language be blocked out of public records. The Betton Hills Neighborhood Association says now they're looking at sending it to state lawmakers, in hopes of getting things right.

"Let's keep our fingers crossed that we can get all the efforts done and so that it can get to the legislature soon and take effect for this legislative session," said Mario Taylor, with the Betton Hills Neighborhood Association.

Now it's about how far they can push this resolution. It could go as far as changing real estate covenants across the state.

The task force will now leave things up to Senator Montford and Representative Osley.

Lawmakers will get back with their staff to see how this can be made possible. The hope is to have the resolution in place by September 30.