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Kansas organization calls for statewide removal of racist language from property documents


TOPEKA – The Kansas branch of the largest Muslim civil rights and civil rights organization is urging the governor to issue an executive order to remove discriminatory language from residential property documents.

Despite a United States Supreme Court ruling in 1948 and the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 making racial restrictions inapplicable, documents created decades ago by homeowners’ associations or individuals to be filed with Kansas county governments and other states include restrictions on leasing, leasing, or selling property. to members of minority communities.

The Kansas Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has asked Gov. Laura Kelly for an order allowing Kansas cities to remove offensive language from property documents.

The request highlighted work in the Johnson County town of Roeland Park, which has launched a review of options to address discriminatory text in dishes, deeds and agreements filed with the Registrar of Deeds. For example, the Roeland Park files contained documents prohibiting residential lots from being in the hands of a person of color. The city discovered intolerant racist language in documents associated with six neighborhoods.

“It is unacceptable that racist and discriminatory language continues to be present in property documents,” said Moussa Elbayoumy, chairman of the board of directors of the Kansas chapter of CAIR.

Elbayoumy said Kelly should consider an executive order allowing “the prompt removal of such content from property records in Roeland Park and throughout the state.”

“This would be a step towards equality lodging opportunities for all citizens, ”said Elbayoumy.

The governor’s office did not respond to a request for comment on a potential executive order, but one option would be for the Kansas legislature to pass a bill allowing a recorder to accept new documents removing racial restrictions without incurring thousands of dollars in surveying or court costs.

In 2021, Wyoming passed state law allowing landlords to remove racial restrictive covenants from real estate deeds. In Virginia, the state passed a law giving municipalities the power to repeal racist speech.

CAIR’s stated mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, and empower American Muslims.