Black, in Back

In an interview with Talk1300 radio show in New York on April 14, 2011, Donald Trump was quoted as saying "I love the blacks. I have a great relationship with the blacks. I've always had a great relationship with the blacks.” The seed for Politically Direct’s first shirt had been planted.

Donald Trump has done some things that have been generally approved by the black community. He donated office space to Jesse Jackson's civil rights group, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, and once hosted an NAACP convention party.

At a campaign appearance in California in June 2016, Trump boasted that he had a black supporter in the crowd, saying, “Look at my African-American over here.”

“Look at him,” Trump continued. “Are you the greatest?” “We have tremendous African-American support,” he said. “The reason is I’m going to bring jobs back to our country.”

He even appointed Ben Carson, a Black neurosurgeon, to head up HUD. Just because rappers talk about him in a song, or Black celebrities have pictures with him, is meaningless. Let’s be factual with President Trumps history with “the Blacks”.

In 1973 Trump Management Corporation was sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination by not renting to black people. Trump sued the Justice Department for $100 million for defamation but the defamation suit was dismissed. Trump settled the lawsuit, but Trump Management was later again charged with continuing to discriminate against black people.

Former president of Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino, John O'Donnell, wrote in his book, Trumped, that Trump disparaged a black accountant saying, "laziness is a trait in blacks." Trump allegedly disparaged his black casino employees as “lazy” in graphic bigoted terms.

Over the years, workers at Trump’s casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, have accused him of racism. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission fined the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino $200,000 in 1992 because managers would remove African-American card dealers at the request of a certain big-spending gambler. A state appeals court upheld the fine.

The first-person account of at least one black Trump casino employee in Atlantic City suggests the racist practices were consistent with Trump’s personal behavior toward black workers. “When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor,” Kip Brown, a former employee at Trump’s Castle. “It was the eighties, I was a teen-ager, but I remember it: they put us all in the back.”“I think the guy is lazy,” Trump said of a black employee, according to O’Donnell. “And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.”

 

“And isn’t it funny. I’ve got black accountants at Trump Castle and Trump Plaza. Black guys counting my money! I hate it,” O’Donnell recalled Trump saying. “The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.” “I think the guy is lazy,” Trump said of a black employee, according to O’Donnell. “And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.” Trump told an interviewer in 1997 that “the stuff O’Donnell wrote about me is probably true,” but in 1999 accused O’Donnell of having fabricated the quotes.

Trump has also faced charges of reneging on commitments to hire black people. In 1996, 20 African-Americans in Indiana sued Trump for failing to honor a promise to hire mostly minority workers for a riverboat casino on Lake Michigan.

At a November 2015 campaign rally in Alabama, Trump supporters physically attacked an African-American protester after the man began chanting “Black Lives Matter.” Video of the incident shows the assailants kicking the man after he has already fallen to the ground. The following day, Trump implied that the attackers were justified. “Maybe [the protester] should have been roughed up,” he mused. “It was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”

On Nov. 22, 2015, (same time frame as previous event) Trump retweeted a graphic from a non-existent crime statistic bureau that purported to show crime along racial lines. The most startling statistic was that Blacks killed 81% of the white homicide victims, when the actual FBI number is just 15%. I remember seeing this graphic coming through my feed, never realizing it was a candidate Trump retweet. I recall conservative friends of mine reposting it to social media as if it were accurate and factual.

Three separate occasions on Feb. 28, 2016, Trump sidestepped opportunities to renounce white nationalist and former KKK leader David Duke, who’d told his radio audience that voting for any candidate other than Trump would be “treason to your heritage.” When asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if he would condemn Duke and say he didn’t want a vote from him or any other white supremacists, Trump claimed that he didn’t know anything about white supremacists or about Duke himself. Trump said he couldn’t condemn a group he hadn’t yet researched. I can barely fathom the idea of a 70 year old not knowing anything about David Duke and his correlation with the Ku Klux Klan. Plus, with connections with a certain “Fair and Balanced” news network, you’d think he would have just asked someone at Fox and Friends to set up a phone interview.

Did I mention that he declined to speak at two separate NAACP annual events? Once, as a candidate and once as President. Or the “I fucked a nigger” comment to a friend of actor Don Cheadle’s dad.

"I love the blacks. I have a great relationship with the blacks. I've always had a great relationship with the blacks.”

I guess it is, if you’re Donald Trump, or know where your place is.

Black, in back