Lately, in a desperate attempt to save a campaign that’s realizing it needs more than just uneducated white voters to win, Donald Trump has been attempting to pander to minority voters — especially African Americans. I’ve found it rather humorous considering this is someone who’s made vilifying minorities a big part of his campaign’s message.
Nevertheless, the fact that Trump didn’t remotely try to appeal to black voters (or any minorities, for that matter) during the GOP’s primary hasn’t stopped the Republican presidential candidate from pretending like he actually cares about the concerns of African American voters and their communities.
The media is letting him get away with it because they’re hardly discussing the one piece of evidence from Trump’s past that proves what an absolute racist he is: The fact his company, Trump Management Inc., had a civil rights case brought against it by the Department of Justice for racial discrimination.
From the Washington Post:
When a black woman asked to rent an apartment in a Brooklyn complex managed by Donald Trump’s real estate company, she said she was told that nothing was available. A short time later, a white woman who made the same request was invited to choose between two available apartments.
The two would-be renters on that July 1972 day were actually undercover “testers” for a government-sanctioned investigation to determine whether Trump Management Inc. discriminated against minorities seeking housing at properties across Brooklyn and Queens.
Federal investigators also gathered evidence. Trump employees had secretly marked the applications of minorities with codes, such as “No. 9” and “C” for “colored,” according to government interview accounts filed in federal court. The employees allegedly directed blacks and Puerto Ricans away from buildings with mostly white tenants, and steered them toward properties that had many minorities, the government filings alleged.
After a two-year battle, eventually Trump and his father made a deal with the Justice Department, with one requirement being that the Trumps had to place ads in local newspapers that clearly stated they rented to people of all races:
On June 10, 1975, they signed an agreement prohibiting the Trumps from “discriminating against any person in the terms, conditions, or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling.” The Trumps were ordered to “thoroughly acquaint themselves personally on a detailed basis” with the Fair Housing Act.
The agreement also required the Trumps to place ads informing minorities they had an equal opportunity to seek housing at their properties.
While Trump claimed that agreeing to a settlement with the government was in no way an admission of violating the Fair Housing Act of 1968 for racial discrimination, the Justice Department called it a victory, clearly signaling that they believed Trump’s company had racially discriminated against minorities.
Granted, Trump can spin this as his company simply wanting to put the whole thing behind them and move on — but the evidence is fairly overwhelming that his company was clearly using racial discrimination when it came to renting apartments.
Keep in mind that this is also the same Trump who was found guilty of creating a fake anti-gambling organization where he used blatant racism against Native Americans in an attempt to prevent the Mohawk tribe from building a casino that would compete with his.
Yet you rarely see this ever mentioned by the media even though it’s clearly a pretty big deal. It’s not every day that major party’s presidential candidate once had a company that was more or less found guilty of blatant racial discrimination against minorities — in particular, African Americans — by the Justice Department.
So, what I propose is that every single time Donald Trump tries to claim he’s not racist, or shamefully tries to pander to African American voters, this needs to be mentioned and discussed. In fact, it needs to be discussed more — period. Because this is a candidate who’s not only built his campaign on racism and bigotry, he also has a well-documented history where he’s proven what a vile and disgusting human being he actually is.