CA neighborhood seeks to remove ‘racist trees’ from golf course

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In the city of Palm Springs, California, officials announced Sunday that they would remove a row of trees blocking a black neighborhood from being able to view a municipal golf course.

Mayor Robert Moon, of Palm Springs, and other city officials told residents they would be removing the line of trees and a chain link fence separating the properties. The decision was made after residents said the trees kept property values in the predominantly black neighborhood down, according to a report from the Desert Sun.

Residents in the area claim the trees were planted in the 1960s as a form of racism. They contend the trees represent a form of racial resentment since the invasive Tamarisks block views of the golf course and the San Jacinto mountains, keeping property values low so that black families could not financially benefit from their property.

A vote from the full city council is still needed on the issue, according to city manager David Ready; therefore, the removal won’t happen right away. He estimated that the trees would likely be cut down in three months’ time.

 

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