Racist restrictions in old home deeds across Washington state will get expanded scrutiny
Gossett is shown during his election night gathering at Emerald Community Church in Seattle. - Erika Schultz/Digital Image/TNS

Marlene Smick remembers sitting in the back seat of her parents' car in 1958 as the family spotted an open house sign in Seward Park. Smick's father, a second-generation Japanese-American who had been incarcerated during World War II, rolled down the window to ask about the property. "The guy, a builder, said, 'You're welcome to come look, but I'm sorry I can't sell to you,'" Smick said. "It was whites only." For many families across the region and the state, memories of housing discrimination and segregation are still clear. In some cases, that racism is still part of the public record. Racia...