Institutional racism at the highest level is not at all distant in America’s past. Earlier this month (February 2019) Virginia’s governor admitted to a youthful yearbook appearance in blackface. The outcry and calls for his resignation have been deafening, even from his own political party.
As the country censures a racist governor, how far distant is the country from racist legislation? Not all that far, unfortunately. California, it turns out, blocks affordable housing in its constitution — a weapon against undesirable classes of citizen from gaining access to neighbourhoods of California cities.
Take a little history lesson from the LATimes: A dark side to the California dream: How the state Constitution makes affordable housing hard to build