Thursday, April 06, 2006

Racism in Seattle

Interesting Op-Ed piece in the Seattle Times about racism in Seattle. It talks about a restrictive covenant database and highlights an area called Innis Arden, a neighborhood just north of where I live, located here. In fact close enough that we share the same zip code. It is just north of "The Highlands", which is without doubt the most exclusive area in Seattle. Now my neighborhood also had restrictive covenants that were removed something like 20 years ago. Not so with Innis Arden, in the year 2006, they still have restrictive covenants which state that no person other than one of the white or Caucasian race may be permitted to occupy any property... etc, etc, etc.

Now go back to the Innis Arden web page and you can look at the current status, as of Feb. 24, 2006, of the effort to repeal these covenants. Subdivision #1 has gathered the minimum number of signatures to remove the clause, 60. Subdivision #2 has 120 of the 150 signatures needed. Subdivision 3 has 144 of 150.

Now lets look at another web page... this is the Follow The Dollars Political Campaign website to see by zip code who is getting contributions. By a margin of 3-1, Democrats are getting more money from the 98177 zip code than Republicans.

So lets summarize what we have learned... in 2006, there are still neighborhoods in liberal Seattle that are very white, very rich, with racist restrictive covenants and those areas contribute to Democrats by a 3 to 1 margin.

Any questions?

4 comments:

R Huse said...

Ok - The racist covenants thing? Totally amazing and totally unenforceable. I can guarantee you what the residents of this area will say - "Oh gee, I had no idea that was there, I am so appalled". The usual liberal bullshit.

Where I have to congratulate you though is on your looking up the voting records of the corresponding zip code. Now that’s some really basic checking and its simplicity is pure genius.

BloggyBeth said...

That's pretty funny, if you don't mind I'll take your comments to class tomorrow. We actually had this topic in a class week before last so it will be good to present your research on this. I liked that

Anonymous said...

how and why did they get that racial covenant off.Funny it should happen two weeks after I brought up the race card at the board meeting. The board violated its own bylaws thus denying me due process and refused to admit it claiming that I was the one who was mistaken.Being from a different country { and the only person of color at the meeting} I asked them whether my ethnic background made me incapable of understanding the english language. they refused to read the letter they had sent me and booted me from the meeting and told me to get a lawyer. Two weeks later the racial covenant was invalidated.

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