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Is El Dorado Hills Too White?

Look up ‘El Dorado Hills’ on UrbanDictionary.com. What you’ll find are numerous humor-filled and stereotypical definitions of the white community of EDH. For example, “Five words… ‘Where are the black people?’ Where everyone owns a mercedes, a trophy wife wit botox, and big a** house.”But how white is too white? As of this year, El Dorado Hills has a drastic race to ethnicity ratio of an astounding 76% Caucasian and just 9% Asian, 7% Hispanic, 2% African-American and 6% mixed. If you look around, the sad truth is right in front of you. Oak Ridge High School does not possess much diversity amongst the students. “Oak Ridge High School is just a privileged school with snotty white kids that get whatever they want”. Students have accompanied this image of our school and it has only deprived our schools potential and glory. So why is there such an off-set to our towns and schools diversity? Ever since El Dorado Hills became the town it is today, there has been numerous cases of white privileges and disadvantages for the other races. When El Dorado Hills became the town it is today, in 1960’s there has been numerous cases of white privileges and disadvantages for the other races such as the Lakehills Living restrictions, economic advantages, that were implemented directly after the civil rights movement, ending segregation.

The decision of taking away someone’s rights for the way their skin color looks was the main belief around Jim Crow Laws. The legal segregation residentially and generally began when the Naturalization Act of 1790 was enacted to citizenship to all in the nation except for free whites. Racial segregation spread amongst schools, stores, jobs, transporting and mostly housing. African Americans were in constant fear of more restrictions and rights being taken away in black urban neighborhoods. With this law put into place, African Americans were continually treated with contempt and treated like animals. They received little respect, little food, no money and no rights. Racial segregation was purposefully made to make African Americans feel excluded from the luxury of living with equality of race and rights. Jim Crow Laws created all black neighborhoods. African-Americans marched amongst their streets to try to make the statement that their rights are nonexistent and are being diminished.

Red lining was also a major segregation issue that was  a discriminatory practice in which inner-city neighborhoods limit and restrict within certain geographic areas. The economic disadvantages was an impediment to housing conditions. African Americans right of home ownership was filled with bigotry and discriminatory actions. Redlining was used as an investment dishonesty because bankers would deny loans to homeowners based on their ethnicity and race. The response to this unfledged action made the Federal Housing Administration, which was made in order to construct and confirm their loans for home building and owning. This administration helped implement mortgage loans and an improved financial system. The FHA seeked out the bad investment, insurance, loans, savings, and other financial helpings possible for specific areas. When found on the map, red shading/lining was made. The use of redlining was officially prohibited after the Civil Rights Act was passed 1968.

After the massive migration also known as the Great Migration, which was a grand movement where millions of African Americans fled the South of the United States and migrated to other parts of the country, segregation was still upon them. In the 1950’s, segregation in South Chicago was the focus of discrimination. South Chicago was a common center of arrival from the migration. This region of Chicago’s population immensely grew over twice its population over the span of twenty years. African Americans were migrating for improved fairness and opportunity for housing, violence, threats, and discrimination to real estate forms. Once there were so many African-Americans living in the city of Chicago, housing restrictions were enforced in order to seperate whites from African-Americans. In the 1950’s, redlining was used in Chicago to separate African Americans from living with white people. African-Americans would try to buy homes in white neighborhoods but because they were paid so little and weren’t allowed to, African Americans had lived on the other side of white people for years.

The subdivision in Lake Hills, California just minutes from El Dorado Hills, has a policy in their residential handbook of a “white only” rule that states,“No persons except those of the Caucasian race shall use, occupy or reside on any residential lot or plot in this subdivision, except when employed as a servant or domestic in the household of a white tenant or owner”. Racial segregation was a major component of housing restrictions in the 1960’s. This sordid policy is and cannot be legally enforced. This is due to the fact that redlining was outlawed in 1968, the same year the Civil Rights Act was passed. New residents are calling for this policy’s immediate removal. Fox40 News story on the issue has citizens describing how racist, awful, and terrible this is. One EDH resident, Camaron Foster, states: “Everyone knows you can’t enforce that, but it still sends a message”(Dickerson). They continue to say that “That’s not the world we want our kids to grow up in.

To this day, racial segregation has continued non-stop of making citizens feel unequal and differing from society. In the past, segregation for African Americans was a fundamental component to inequality and racism. Jim Crow laws was the epicenter of discrimination of our history and the Lake Hills Restrictions are of today. We need to raise awareness to our government so we can address the racial segregation that occurs to this day, and put an end loopholes that resemble redlining.

Article by Ariel Sonenstein

Works Cited

Brent, Gaspaire. “Redlining.” Redlining (1937 ) | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed, 2007, www.blackpast.org/aah/redlining-1937.

Dickerson, Karma. “El Dorado Hills Subdivision Has ‘Whites Only’ Clause on Books.” FOX40, 25 Aug. 2016,
fox40.com/2016/08/25/el-dorado-hills-subdivision-has-whites-only-clause-on-books/.

Kovachevich, Elvira. “The Racist Housing Policy From The Jim Crow Era That Lives On Today.” The Odyssey Online, 12 Nov. 2017, www.theodysseyonline.com/the-racist-housing-policy-from-the-jim-crow-era-that-lives-on-today

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