There’s a Black conspiracy theory involving one of our most-beloved Presidents George W. Bush (pictured). NOT! According to an urban legend, both Bush and his wife, Laura, refused to sell their home to any Black buyer. Is there any truth to it?
Bush and Laura bought a Dallas subdivision home on November 16, 1988, for $320,000. The couple then sold the home in January 1995 for a reported $348,000, so that they could move in to the governor’s mansion in Austin. The conspiracy theory alleges that Bush, who had just been elected the governor of Texas, refused to allow ANY African-American potential buyers to even view the house because he only wanted to sell his home to Caucasians.
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Apparently, there is just a smidge of truth to this urban legend about Bush and the sale of his home but there is also a lot more to the story: In all 52 of the subdivision homes, where Bush lived, there is a deed provision restricting ownership only to Whites. The biased real estate covenant stipulated that the homes could only be occupied by Whites. The only exception was servants, who could be of any race.
When Bush and Laura purchased their home, they claimed they were totally unaware of the racist clause, which had been with the property since 1939. The restriction — although legal at one time — was null and void by the time Bush had purchased his home anyway. The racially exclusive restriction was outlawed by the Supreme Court in 1948 and was banned in Texas 36 years later.
Segregationist real estate restrictions were common practice practically everywhere in the United States at one time. There were deeds that denied sales to not only Blacks but to Chinese, Latinos, and Jewish people as well.
Even though Bush denied having any knowledge about the covenant when the story surfaced, many refused to believe that he was oblivious about the prejudiced covenant.
But the covenant is not part of the deed that the buyer and seller actually sees; instead, it is an addendum that is filed with the county.
Still, there are those who argue that a politician such as Bush should have done some investigation about the subdivision and then refused to buy in to it.