SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill this week allowing homeowners to remove racial covenants on residential housing. The bill passed the Minnesota Senate 63-1. Assistant Senate DFL Leader Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, released the following statement.
“Minnesota’s deep segregation is not by accident. Racial covenants existed to stop African Americans and people of color from owning property in certain areas, and we see the ramifications of these covenants to this day. This bill will help homeowners reject racial covenants and is one step in working to address disparities in Minnesota,” said Hayden.
The Twin Cities are among the leading regions in the country when it comes to racial gaps in homeownership. While the level of White homeownership is 12 points above the national rate at 76%, homeownership among African Americans is 23% and people of color broadly 40% – both well below the national average.