The 2016 presidential campaign got some people talking that Trump is a racist.
Former employees and other people denied this, but part of his past opened an interesting discussion.
In 1997, Trump bought the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida and it soon became a private club, as Western Journalism reports.
Most clubs in Palm Beach “had long barred Jews and African Americans — which is to say they practiced a quiet but steely racism,” said Jeffrey Lord for the The American Spectator, regarding the era before Trump came in the area.
“He put the light on Palm Beach,” said Abe Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League. “Not on the beauty and the glitter, but on its seamier side of discrimination. It has an impact.”
Trump asked the town council to do something about the existing restrictions on the club. He also sent them a copy of, “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner.” The film is about race discrimination.
The town council didn’t do anything, and Trump filed a $100 million lawsuit, noting that the town was “discriminating against Mar-a-Lago, in part because it is open to Jews and African Americans,” wrote The American Spectator.
This was included in 1997 Wall Street Journal. People talked a lot about Trump’s action in Palm Beach. Luckily, the town found a way to end theor discriminatory restrictions.
“In other words, long before he was running for president, there was Donald Trump battling racism and anti-Semitism in Palm Beach society. Using every tool at his disposal,” wrote Lord.
The Zionists for Trump headline:
How Trump Fought Antisemitism and Racism in Palm Beach Two Decades Ago
The WSJ story that is linked focuses on the battles Trump faced as a new arrival to Palm Beach, including his new competition with the social clubs of the old order. The story, which quotes Abe Foxman, the longtime head of the Anti-Defamation League, says, in part, the following:
Mr. Trump also has resorted to the courts to secure his foothold here, and many residents wince at the attention his legal battles with the town have drawn — to the town in general, and to the admission practices at some of Palm Beach’s older clubs in particular.
…The culture clash began to approach a climax last fall, when Mr. Trump’s lawyer sent members of the town council a copy of the film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” a film that deals with upper-class racism. Mr. Trump then approached the town council about lifting the restrictions that had been placed on the club. He also asked some council members not to vote on the request because their membership in other clubs created a conflict of interest.
Last December, after the council refused to lift the restrictions, Mr. Trump filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Palm Beach, alleging that the town was discriminating against Mar-a-Lago, in part because it is open to Jews and African-Americans. The suit seeks $100 million in damages.
… Mr. Foxman seems pleased that Mr. Trump has elevated the issue of discriminatory policies at social clubs. “He put the light on Palm Beach,” Mr. Foxman says. “Not on the beauty and the glitter, but on its seamier side of discrimination. It has an impact.”
In recent weeks, Mr. Foxman says, the league has received calls from Jewish residents telling of how Palm Beach clubs are changing. Locals concur that in the past year, organizations such as the Bath and Tennis Club have begun to admit Jewish patrons. The Palm Beach Civic Association, which for many years was believed to engage in discriminatory behavior, this month named a Jewish resident as its chief officer.
He added, “In today’s world the Left demands racial quotas and supports illegal immigration. What all of these things have in common is that they are designed to divide Americans by race, to divide by skin color.”
Lord wondered how can people still blame Trump for being a racist.
“The good news here that in Donald Trump someone — finally — is standing up to fight back. Just as he fought back all those years ago in Palm Beach when no one was looking.”
What do you think about Trump’s devotion in this matter? We wonder, what will liberals say about this?