Donald Trump is plenty loathed these days for lining his campaign trail with what many find to be racist proclamations, but Woody Guthrie was way early on the tip with a hatred for Trump’s father spanning back more than 65 years.
In 1950 the famed “This Land Is Your Land” populist folk singer moved into a Brooklyn public housing project owned by Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump, and soon found it to be segregated by a color line excluding any black tenants. As Gawker reports, in Guthrie’s writings he took to calling the white “Beach Haven” neighborhood “Bitch Havens.”
Guthrie’s notebooks include idyllic writings about destroying the color line to create a diverse community there with “a face of every bright color laffing and joshing in these old darkly weeperish empty shadowed windows.” As well, they include scathing words about the landlord Trump.
One poem reads:
Old Man Trump knows
Just how much
he stirred up
In the bloodpot of human hearts
When he drawed
That color line
Here at his
Eighteen hundred family project ….
Beach Haven ain’t my home!
I just cain’t pay this rent!
My money’s down the drain!
And my soul is badly bent!
Beach Haven looks like heaven
Where no black ones come to roam!
No, no, no! Old Man Trump!
Old Beach Haven ain’t my home!
While Donald Trump abandoned his father’s middle class housing empire to build his own luxury residences, hotels and golf courses, he has at least conveyed a connection to his father’s legacy. (“My legacy has its roots in my father’s legacy,” the presidential hopeful told the Washington Post last year.) So it’s probably safe to say Guthrie would have hated Donald just like he did his father.