Spokane homeowners seek removal of racist covenant from deed

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Two homeowners in Spokane, Washington, want racist language removed from their home’s deed but the county auditor says she doesn’t have authority to do so.

The Spokesman-Review reports Alex and Sasha May want their home’s deed to be stripped of a covenant that once prevented the home from being sold to people of color.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1948 that racist covenants could not be enforced. However, the language remains.

Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton says she has no authority to change the language in the historic covenant. She says she is “specifically prohibited” from altering records.

The Mays have asked a local judge to rule that Dalton and the county are wrong in their interpretation of the law.