Oregon lawmakers move to ease scrubbing of racist provisions

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Across America, many home owners and buyers of older properties are shocked to see racist provisions on deeds, decades after they were outlawed. Now, the Oregon Legislature is pushing forward a measure that would make it easier for people scrub the offensive language from their deeds.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Julie Fahey, who encountered a whites-only provision on the deed of the home she and her husband were buying in Eugene.

She said she wants to make all Oregonians feel welcome in their homes and not have them endure the cost and time to have these whites-only covenants, which were declared illegal decades ago, removed from their property deeds.

The measure was unanimously passed by the House on Wednesday and is now before the Senate.