NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–November 3, 2016. Today in North Carolina, Hillary Clinton continued to make her closing argument for the presidency, outlining her record of championing the interests of people of color throughout her career–in contrast with Donald Trump’s history of racial discrimination and divisive rhetoric. Throughout her professional life and candidacy, Hillary has pledged to take on social injustice, including systemic racism and sexism. If elected president, Hillary has vowed to pass end-to-end criminal justice reform and implement common sense gun reform, priorities of great concern to communities of color.
Long before Trump ran for president, he was sued by the Department of Justice for racial discrimination at his family’s housing developments in Brooklyn and Queens–in addition to discrimination at properties in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Norfolk, Virginia. Federal investigators were told that Trump employees would mark applications of prospective renters with “C” for “colored” and refused to rent to African Americans. At her event in Winterville today, Mae Brown Wiggins, a registered nurse who was turned away from an apartment Trump managed because of her skin color, introduced Hillary, describing the impact Trump’s actions had on her life.
As the presidential election draws to a close, here’s a recap of Trump’s pattern of discrimination and divisiveness:
A History of Housing Discrimination
- Trump was twice sued by the Department of Justice for discrimination in housing.
- Despite Trump’s claim that many companies were sued for discrimination when he was, the truth is that Fred and Donald Trump’s violation of the law was so egregious that the case made against them was “one of the strongest”
- At the first presidential debate, Trump admitted he was sued for housing discrimination saying, “we settled… it was very easy.”
- Trump’s real estate company had a disturbing practice of marking applications from black families with the letter “‘C’, for ‘Colored.”
- A Trump building manager had the rental application of a black woman and was instructed to “‘Take the application and put it in a drawer and leave it there,’ Mr. Leibowitz, now 88, recalled in an interview.”
- The N-word was used Trump offices and Donald was reportedly was in the room when it happened.
- Black families made up a tiny percentage of renters in Trump-owned buildings.
Trump vs. Central Park 5
- Trump led the birther movement in an attempt to delegitimize America’s first black president
- Trump continued pushing his birtherism theory to delegitimize President Barack Obama every Trump’s conspiracy theory: President Obama is a Muslim and rendered ineligible for the presidency because he was born in Kenya.
- When asked what he would say to people of color who were hurt by his remarks Trump repeatedly said, “I say nothing.”
Trump’s Hateful Rhetoric
- Trump has failed to appropriately disavow racists and white supremacists like David Duke supporting his campaign.
- Trump said African Americans have “nothing to lose” by voting for him because: “You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs.”
- Trump continues to ignore history and disparage black Americans, saying the African American community is in the worst shape “ever, ever, ever” and African Americans in cities are “living in hell” and living in “war zones.”
- Trump retweeted “racially loaded” and “wildly inaccurate” statistics claiming Blacks were responsible for 81 percent of White homicides.
- Trump’s campaign shared an anti-Semitic image on his twitter that first appeared on white supremacist websites.
- Trump has received an outpouring of support from hate movements like the alt-right.
- White Supremacists used Trump’s candidacy as a recruiting tool.
- White Supremacists and Klan members supported Trump, comparing his views to their views.
- David Duke said Trump has “Made it OK to talk about these incredible concerns of European Americans today, because I think European Americans know they are the only group that can’t defend their own essential interests and their point of view.
- “Virginia KKK Leader Endorses Trump: ‘What He Believes In, We Believe In.’”
- Trump on being supported by White Supremacists: “A lot of people like me.”
More Discrimination in Trump Organization
- Trump Plaza was fined $200,000 for shuffling Black and female dealers away from a high-rollers table to accommodate the preferences of patron and “reputed mob figure” Robert LiButti.
- Trump Marina was fined for requesting non-Black driver.
- When Trump came to his casino, Black people were allegedly ordered off the floor, according to a former employee in a report by The New Yorker.
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