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Published on May 8, 2016
In December 1950, Woody Guthrie moved to an apartment building in Brooklyn – Beach Haven Apartments. His landlord: Fred Trump, father of Donald Trump.
Woody Guthrie wrote these lyrics in 1951, and 65 years later, the Missin' Cousins, a County-Western music group from Oakland California, present a recording of these new lyrics to I Ain't Got No Home in this World Anymore.
I suppose Old Man Trump knows Just how much Racial Hate he stirred up In the bloodpot of human hearts When he drawed That color line Here at his Eighteen hundred family project ....
Fred Trump used US government millions to build post-war public housing, then became the landlord, and moved people of color out of their housing and neighborhoods. He kept people of color out of of his properties through racial codes, maintaining whites only housing policy into the early 1970's.
Old Man Trump made his millions creating the postwar racial codes that have produced the racist inequality that lives through this day.
In his two years at Beach Haven, Woody Guthrie witnessed Old Man Trump’s racist practices, and wrote some of his most bitter songs and lyrics, including a re-write of "I Ain't Got No Home in this World Anymore" aimed directly at Old Man Trump:
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!