Racist deed restrictions remain in northeast Johnson County but erasing them has proven difficult

racist deed restrictions

Though racist language remains in the Prairie Village Homes Association's covenant, Todd Harris, a Prairie Village resident and member of the city's diversity committee, said there are other problems the committee should focus on — such as affordable housing — that impact people of color and have nothing to do with the deed restrictions. Photo credit Juliana Garcia.

Two northeast Johnson County cities appear to have come to a standstill in their efforts to eradicate racist deed restrictions implemented decades ago by developer J.C. Nichols. Nothing more can be easily done, they say, and residents have mixed feelings about what should happen next.

The U.S. Supreme Court has found racially restrictive housing covenants — instituted primarily in suburban communities across the U.S. in the middle part of last century — to be unenforceable.