SOUTH MIAMI Segregation-era law needs to go, group says A group of South Miami residents want a law that mandated where blacks and whites could live stricken from the city's records. BY MELISSA JACOBS [email protected] The 1928 city law is very straightforward: ''No Negro, or person of Negro blood, as defined by the Statues of the State of Florida . . . shall be permitted to live or maintain their piece of residence and or business in any part of the city of South Miami . . .'' with little exception. City Attorney Luis Figueredo says the law isn't a part of the current city code -- and that even if it was, federal civil rights laws make it void. But the city's Concerned Clergy and Citizens Coalition and its supporters say the remnant of segregation needs to be officially removed from South Miami's records. ''There is no reason for such a law to be in existance,'' said Simon Codrington Jr., the coalition's spokesman. ``By asking for its removal, we are trying to show the commission that you cannot totally discount the history, policies and actions of this city toward a part of the community.'' The law was passed on Jan. 17, 1928, and signed by then Mayor W.A. Foster. It painstakingly delineates parts of the city where blacks and whites can live, and says violators face up to a $250 fine or up to 60 days in jail. The measure is part of the city's records, but it's not included in the city's code of ordinances, which was created in 1956, said City Clerk Maria Menendez. ''We still have it on record since we keep all ordinances and resolutions since South Miami was inaugurated in 1927, but it only sits in our city archives and is in no way active,'' Menendez said. Figueredo said that striking it from the records is ``an administrative act and a form of housekeeping.'' The coalition said it met some resistance from city officials, including Commissioner Velma Palmer, when it first asked to have it removed, because some felt the removal unnecessary, Codrington said. ''Just because the federal government outlawed segregation doesn't mean that a city shouldn't go in and, at least in gesture, wipe it off and break down a lot of the walls and animosity in the community,'' he added. For rest of story click here - may need subscription ---------------------------------------------------------------- 78 years later.... If you don't know Jim Crow, it worked on a LOCAL LEVEL too even too this DAY. That means a local GOVERNMENT can LAWFULLY force you out of YOUR HOME when all OTHER OPTIONS have been EXHAUSTED. This is one of MANY LAWS designed to MAKE SURE BLACKS do not ECONOMICALLY TRIUMPH in their LOCAL COMMUNITIES. I wouldn't be surprise such a law EXIST in TULSA, OKLAHOMA where BLACK WALL STREET came into being and elsewhere in STATE of the UNION. Look how FAST city officials are WILLING to TAKE IT DOWN. THEY REALLY CARE. Also, since it is EXPRESSED that many AFRICAN-AMERICANS (NEGROES according to GOVERNMENT OFFICIALLY and UNOFFICIALLY) have WHITE BLOOD, then a sizable PERCENTAGE of WHITE AMERICANS also have AFRICAN (NEGRO BLOOD) in them that could CAUSE them to LOSE THEIR HOUSE and HOME. Oh well. I am not WORRIED.