Glendale apologizes for a racist past

The Glendale City Council has unanimously approved a resolution apologizing for a history of discriminatory policies that once kept persons of color from living in the city or being out after dark. Spectrum News 1 reports that Glendale is the first California city to formally apologize for its past as a so-called Sundown Town.

The Coalition for an Anti-Racist Glendale spearheaded the resolution. The group's website notes that for most of the 20th century, people of color were prohibited from purchasing homes in Glendale. These discriminatory policies were codified in real estate deeds and covenants.

It is a legacy that can be felt to this day. Black people made up 1.6% of Glendale’s population in 2019, according to U.S. Census data. Los Angeles County, where Glendale is located, had a Black population of 9.0%.


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