Racist Deed Shocks Homebuyers

Interracial San Antonio couple surprised to find clause mandating only white occupants may live in the home they're buying in deed provided by title company.

A San Antonio couple says they were shocked to find a racist clause in the deed to their new home.

"My own grandfather told us never to bring a black person home," says San Antonio resident Maggie Rios.

Times have changed and Rios is now engaged to a black man.

Her fiance, Fidel Simmons grew up in Barbados and while he remembers feeling the sting of prejudice, it is not something he thought would be thrown in his face in 2016.

"You might see certain things in textbooks, but nothing that I thought could impact me in this day and age," Simmons says.

Just a few days before they were scheduled to close on their new property, Rios was going through documents from the title company.

"That's when I saw the clause and I said, have you read what's in here?" Rios recalls.

She remembers bringing the deed restrictions over to her fiance to read the offensive, racist wording she had just seen.

The deed stated, "No lot, site, structure or dwelling, with the exception of bona fide domestic servant's quarters shall be used or occupied by any person, or persons, other than members of the Caucasian race."

"I actually saw kind of hurt in his face," Rios says. "It was a different kind of angry than I've seen before."

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