The demographics of San Leandro have changed dramatically in the last few years. According to the 2011 census, just 27% of San Leandrans identify themselves as white, down from 51% in 2000. In 1970, however, a full 97% of San Leandrans were white. Africans American today make up almost 12% of the population; in 1970 they were 0.1%. Those numbers were not happenstance, rather, they were the result of very specific and very successful policies of racial discrimination that kept non-whites, and in particular blacks, from moving into the city. Originally, non-whites were kept out of town by restrictive covenants. [Continue Reading]
A short look back in time: When San Leandro tried to censor its own history.