It is no surprise that Donald Trump greets the world with racist and hateful views concerning Blacks and other minorities. He probably learned at the feet of his father and grandfather. After the low scores in the Iowa Caucus, Donald Trump has not been as vocal, brash and vitriol in the media. In fact his low caucus scores have removed him from the top of the pundit list on the daily news media. This gives us an opportunity to look at the roots of Donald Trump to see where and why he has a hate for people of color.
His grandfather, Frederich Trump, was an immigrant to the United States from Germany in 1894. He went to California from New York during the gold rush and then decided to go to British Colombia and Canada where he made his fortune operating houses of prostitution, running restaurants, selling liquor and horse meat. It is not clear if he became an American citizen. After the gold rush and the end to prostitution he moved to the Yukon and then returned to Germany having amassed at least a half million US dollars in 1901. The reason for his return to Germany might have been to avoid paying taxes on that money and to avoid the mandatory draft that every male had to complete by the age of 35 in Germany. He returned to Germany the year he turned 35 and married, Elizabeth Christ in Kallstadt, Germany. German authorities would not allow Frederich Trump and his family to resume his German citizenship so he, his pregnant wife and daughter were deported. They returned to the United States.
Donald’s father, Fred Trump, has a long and well documented history of racism as a member of the Ku Klux Klan. In 1927 he participated in a Ku Klux Klan brawl in New York City along with 1,000 other Klan members against 100 police officers. Fred Trump was one of seven Klansmen arrested.
Donald Trump joined his father’s New York real estate business in 1971 continuing the practice of refusing to rent to Blacks. The Urban League sent a Black person and a White person to apply for an apartment in the Trump complex as a test. In this test they found that Blacks were denied acceptance and Whites were accepted into apartments in the Trump buildings.
Donald and his father Fred refused to allow Blacks in their buildings and instructed agents to encourage those already in the buildings to relocate. Doormen were told to tell Blacks that there were no vacancies or to hike up the price. The Trumps were served in 1973 and 1978 with lawsuits by the Civil Rights division of the U.S. Justice Department. Trumps’ reaction to the lawsuit was that it was a way to force owners of moderate and luxury apartments to rent to welfare recipients.
When Woodie Guthrie, America’s balladeer and fighter for civil and human rights unknowingly moved into Donald Trump’s segregated Beach Haven house in Brooklyn he was unaware of Trump’s racist policies. To show his contempt of Fred and Donald Trump, Woodie Guthrie moved out of the complex and wrote the following ballad:
I suppose Old Man Trump knows
Just how much Racial Hate he stirred up
In the bloodpot of human hearts
When he drawed That color line
Here at his Eighteen hundred family project
In sum, Donald Trump explains his racist practices in a speech when he says his legacy is bound in the practices of his father and grandfather.