EXCERPT: “Although racially restrictive covenants have been outlawed since the Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968, and rendered null some years before that, other cities have attempted to uncover and in some cases expunge them from property records. Delegard says that her project was inspired by one in Seattle, which helped inspire a change in state law, making it easier for homeowners associations to formally get rid of the restrictions. They’ve been the subject of scrutiny in Charlotte and Los Angeles, and a group in Washington, D.C., has sought to map them too. But the Minneapolis project claims to be the ‘first-ever comprehensive map of racial covenants for an American city.’ Kevin Ehrman-Solberg, a GIS specialist and project manager for Mapping Prejudice, says it’s only possible because the city of Minneapolis has digitized all of its property records. Ehrman-Solberg says he is using optical character recognition software and his own script to comb the deeds for certain keywords, some of them stark red flags of racist covenants. The deeds in some cases are remarkably specific: for example, a property ‘shall not at any time be conveyed, mortgaged or leased to any person or persons of Chinese, Japanese, Moorish, Turkish, Negro, Mongolian or African blood or descent.’ The work is only possible with the help of online volunteers, Ehrman-Solberg says.” FULLSTORY: http://bit.ly/2wW2JCv