A plan to remove discriminatory restrictive covenant language from various public documents at no expense to property owners was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

Supervisor Andrew Do joined in the proposal with Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen. Do said he was inspired by the increase in discussion about systemic racism sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis as well as other racially changed incidents.

“This year’s events have led all of us to really look at our world in a very different light with a fresh set of eyes on the issue of systemic racism,” Do said. “The time is long overdue for us as a society to do everything we can to address the work to overcome it.

“Unfortunately, we still have embedded within our official records such as real properties that are remnants of our prior practices, which were discriminatory. This item is a process to remove those discriminatory provisions.”

Do noted that the restricted covenants are in violation of state law and must be changed.

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