The state should have removed racial covenants from its property records years ago, said Betty Williams, president of the Greater Sacramento NAACP. The first recorded racial covenant since Hollywood became a city was in 1909. “It is time to remove racial housing covenants that are a byproduct of our racist past,” Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, wrote in the news release. The racial covenants are agreements requiring property owners not to … SACRAMENTO ASSEMBLYMAN KEVIN MCCARTY SAYS THIS LANGUAGE TARGETS FAMILIES LIKE HIS. Most racial covenants already come with a disclaimer saying they are void. And in 2000, California set up a process for homeowners to add a document to their property file with the racial … The Taxpayer’s Protective Association set up racial covenants in 1911. For example, by 1940 in Chicago and Los Angeles, 80% of properties had racial covenants (Fair Housing Center, 2010). Sacramento Community Land Trust prevents displacement and builds historically discriminated neighborhood power to combat deterioration and market speculation by fostering equitable development for generations to come. “Eliminating these housing covenants is a moral right and an important step in bringing racial justice to Californians,” McCarty said in a statement on Monday, Aug. 3. Up until the late 1960s, pretty much all of Sacramento's eastern suburbs had racial exclusion covenants that prevented nonwhites from buying land, and as those covenants were made illegal, whites fled farther east to the foothills to avoid integrated neighborhoods.