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Are you a resident wondering if you have a discriminatory covenant on your property? To learn more about your land visit blm.mn/justdeeds and use the interactive map. To request free assistance in discharging a discriminatory covenant visit blm.mn/justdeeds-register.
Last June, the Bloomington City Council passed a resolution condemning the use of discriminatory covenants and joined the Just Deeds Coalition. Discriminatory covenants were tools used by real estate developers and others to prevent those who were Black, Indigenous, and People of Color from buying or occupying property in certain areas. The City is in the process of discharging discriminatory covenants on all City-owned parcels that have them.
These types of covenants were common throughout the United States from the early 1900s to the 1950s. This practice resulted in racially homogenized communities that excluded BIPOC individuals and families, building a hidden system of segregation. Discriminatory covenants were established in Bloomington between 1923 and 1951 and are not legally enforceable under current laws. Most property owners are likely unaware of their existence.
“The City is working to spread awareness about this and other discriminatory practices from Minnesota’s past,” Housing and Redevelopment Authority Administrator Aarica Coleman said. “Together, we can acknowledge this and other forms of discrimination, discharge these covenants and build a foundation for more inclusive communities.”