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Walt Vortmann: The color of law

In her letter to the editor, Mary McClain was astonished to see a racial covenant in the deed to her property. This was not, as she suspects, unique to the local area or to California. It was a national policy involving governments and banks who used the practice of red-lining to deny mortgages in certain areas to non-whites. An excellent discussion of this era in our nation’s history can be found in the book “The Color of Law — a forgotten history of how government segregated America,” by Richard Rothstein.

As to the root of racism in Nevada County, she might study the treatment of Chinese miners in the 1850s, as our county was overwhelmed by people from all over the world.

Walt Vortmann

Grass Valley

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