After how many weeks of Donald Trump peddling his racist tripe in the media, it seems like an eternity, the media is finally starting to look into Ole’ Donald’s background. It’s a typical progression for the media, give a platform to a nut, build them up, put them on a pedestal and then knock them down. I’m all for the knocking down part, but the building up should never happen in the first damn place. Throughout this whole charade, I’ve been waiting for someone in the media to look into his past, give us some context for why this man has such warped opinions and thought processes. Justin Elliot at Salon.com has dug up a little history about the Donald and I believe that if it had been brought to light a few weeks ago, the whole birther bullshit wouldn’t have gotten to the point it has…maybe, maybe not. From Salon.com…(emphasis mine)
The discrimination case began in the earliest days of Trump’s career, when he was still in his 20s.
Fred Trump, Donald’s father, was, unlike his son, a self-made man. He made his fortune by building thousands of units of middle-class housing in Brooklyn and Queens. But in the early 1970s, Donald was made president of the family company.
One of Donald’s first challenges came in October 1973, when the Justice Department hit the Trump Organization with a major discrimination suit for violating the Fair Housing Act. The Times reported:
… the Government contended that Trump Management had refused to rent or negotiate rentals “because of race and color.” It also charged that the company had required different rental terms and conditions because of race and that it had misrepresented to blacks that apartments were not available.
The journalist Gwenda Blair reported in her 2005 Trump biography that while Fred Trump had sought to combat previous discrimination allegations through “quiet diplomacy,” Donald decided to go on the offensive. He hired his friend Roy Cohn, the celebrity lawyer and former Joseph McCarthy aide, to countersue the government for making baseless charges against the company. They sought a staggering $100 million in damages.
A few months after the government filed the suit, Trump gave a combative press conference at the New York Hilton in which he went after the Justice Department for being too friendly to welfare recipients. He “accused the Justice Department of singling out his corporation because it was a large one and because the Government was trying to force it to rent to welfare recipients,” the Times reported. Trump added that if welfare recipients were allowed into his apartments in certain middle-class outer-borough neighborhoods, there would be a “massive fleeing from the city of not only our tenants, but communities as a whole.”
They will ruin the neighborhood, you know. This is the classic “white flight” phenomenon that Wikipedia explains for us very well.
The business practices of redlining, mortgage discrimination, and racially restrictive covenants contributed to the overcrowding and physical deterioration of areas where minorities were confined. Such conditions are considered to have contributed to the out-migration of other populations. The limited facilities for banking and insurance, and other social services, and extra fees increased their cost to residents in predominantly non-white suburbs and city neighborhoods. According to the environmental geographer Laura Pulido, the historical processes of suburbanization and urban decentralization contribute to contemporary environmental racism.
It didn’t surprise me one bit that Donald Trump embraced that idea, just looking at the man makes me think I saw his picture in the dictionary under “racist landlord”. He could be the poster boy for the concept with that smug, arrogant look on his face. There is more to the story from Salon.com…
But it didn’t end there. In 1978, the government filed a motion for supplemental relief, charging that the Trump company had not complied with the 1975 agreement. The government alleged that the Trump company “discriminated against blacks in the terms and conditions of rental, made statements indicating discrimination based on race and told blacks that apartments were not available for inspection and rental when, in fact, they are,” the Times reported. Trump again denied the charges.
It’s not clear what happened with the government’s request for further action (and compensation for victims), but in 1983, a fair-housing activist cited statistics that two Trump Village developments had white majorities of at least 95 percent.
At the very least, the case is something for reporters to ask about next time Trump touts his “great relationship with the blacks
It would have been awesome had the media thrown this information into his face every time he raised his racist birther crap, wouldn’t it? Is the media really that damn slow on the uptake? Or do they like the ratings and the hoopla at the expense of hurting this country and the millions of people who had to witness it. And the damage is there, it isn’t going away in a hurry and in fact there will be residuals for years to come. It has tainted a whole generation of impressionable minds, which is exactly what racists like to do, pass it on to future generations. I personally don’t have a lot of confidence in the media to moderate this type of event anymore, they are complicit in it and have found a way to make money off it. Shameful!