In the recent guest perspective “Do we echo the past?” by Karyl Elridge, it was noted that the CC&Rs for many of our local neighborhoods had restricted ownership of homes to whites. But racially-restrictive covenants were even more far-reaching. The CC&Rs from the Sunnybrae neighborhood reveal the full extent of the exclusion that was typical of the time, stating: “No lot nor improved property described in these restrictions can be leased, rented, or conveyed, used, or occupied by any person, or persons, other than those of the Caucasian or White Race, except that persons not of the Caucasian Race, may be kept thereon by Caucasian occupants strictly in the capacity of domestic servants.”

Efforts to exclude Blacks on the Peninsula, as elsewhere in this country, were both aggressive and mean, and they took the form of both public and private action. This history is essential background if we are to grasp the breadth and depth of injustice Black Americans have experienced, reckon with the many ways in which those injustices continue, and take real steps toward becoming a community that is truly inclusive.

Esther Conrad

San Mateo

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Dirk van Ulden

Ms Conrad - I believe that most of us are fully aware of the injustices that black Americans have experienced in the past. Since at least the 1960s a plethora of bills and regulations have been enacted, along with trillions of dollars, to remedy that deplorable past. I am not sure what you are referring to relative to injustices that are experienced today. Could you provide some examples and, while you are at it, also explain why the BLM movement to which you implicitly refer, can justify the horrible crimes that are now perpetrated on those of us who have made a sincere and valiant effort to wipe out the wrong doings of the past?


Marcy Rein is a contributing editor for Race, Poverty & the Environmen wrote

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Excluded from wealthy suburbs by covenants, redlining and zoning, low-income people and people of color were forced to stay out of the Peninsula entirely, or crowd into a few dilapidated neighborhoods. Many found their way north to Daly City and South San Francisco, or south to East Palo Alto, Menlo Park (Belle Haven) and North Fair Oaks,

>What exactly are the horrible crimes you are speaking of ?<

Dirk van Ulden

Ah, you take after Ms Pelosi who said that "people do what they do." Fabulous leadership from someone clearly lost. You don't believe that the riots, vandalism, shootings and tearing down monuments are horrible crimes? These mobs that carry BLM signs are now burning and vandalizing churches and are the direct cause of several fatalities and severe injuries.Not horrible enough for you until they come into your front yard?

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