They first met him, on the front page no less, on Oct. 16, 1973. Then 27 years old, Mr. Trump was the president of the Trump Management Corporation, at 600 Avenue Z in Brooklyn, which owned more than 14,000 apartments in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.After a lawsuit against the US Gov't there was a settlement and then a glimpse of Trumps future as a real estate mogul:
“Major Landlord Accused of Antiblack Bias in City,” the headline stated. The Department of Justice had brought suit in federal court in Brooklyn against Mr. Trump and his father, Fred C. Trump, charging them with violating the Fair Housing Act of 1968 in the operation of 39 buildings.
“The government contended that Trump Management had refused to rent or negotiate rentals ‘because of race and color,’ ” The Times reported. “It also charged that the company had required different rental terms and conditions because of race and that it had misrepresented to blacks that apartments were not available.”
Donald Trump’s first quoted words in The New York Times expressed his view of the charges:
“They are absolutely ridiculous.”
“We never have discriminated,” he added, “and we never would.”
Under an agreement reached in June 1975, Trump Management was required to furnish the New York Urban League with a list of all apartment vacancies, every week, for two years. It was also to allow the league to present qualified applicants for every fifth vacancy in Trump buildings where fewer than 10 percent of the tenants were black.All these years later Trump is now being charged as a bigot so accused by the likes of Shaun King. Right now judging by some of his current public actions & statements stories like this are coming out again.
Trump Management noted that the agreement did not constitute an admission of guilt.
Mr. Trump himself said he was satisfied that the agreement did not “compel the Trump organization to accept persons on welfare as tenants unless as qualified as any other tenant.” By then, his interests had grown far beyond his father’s real-estate empire and reached into Manhattan.