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Fred C. Trump with his son Donald visiting a tenant in one of their apartment buildings in Brooklyn in January 1973. Credit Barton Silverman/The New York Times
Fred C. Trump with his son Donald visiting a tenant in one of their apartment buildings in Brooklyn in January 1973. Credit Barton Silverman/The New York Times

Applying for Housing at a Trump Property in the ’60s

In the 1960s, Mae Wiggins and her friend Maxine Brown applied for housing at the Wilshire Apartments in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood of Queens, N.Y. Ms. Wiggins recalls her experience clearly, and is said to have been one of the many who experienced discriminatory practices on the part of Fred Trump and his protégés.

In two court cases, built on evidence obtained from beleaguered black apartment-seekers, former employees and activists, Fred Trump, and, in later cases, Donald Trump, faced accusations of systematic discrimination against African Americans, cases that the Trumps ultimately settled without admitting any wrongdoing.

A young Donald Trump, left, pictured June 28, 1978 alongside Mayor Ed Koch of New York; New York Gov. Hugh Careyand Robert T. Dormer, executive vice president of the Urban Development Corp. (AP photo)
A young Donald Trump, left, pictured June 28, 1978 alongside Mayor Ed Koch of New York; New York Gov. Hugh Careyand Robert T. Dormer, executive vice president of the Urban Development Corp. (AP photo)

Many would-be tenants were turned away from an apartment complex in Cincinnati, where Donald Trump first started his career as a property manager.  Similar allegations in New York led to what became one of the largest housing discrimination lawsuits filed by the federal government.

Thousands of pages of documents in the two cases in New York and Cincinnati have since been reviewed by the Los Angeles Times and elucidate how accusations of racial discrimination have followed the family business from the earliest days of Donald and Fred Trump’s careers.  The Trumps fought aggressively towards charges of racial bias. Sound familiar? Read more here.

 

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