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Michael Jordan Gives $5 Million to African American Museum
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“I have taken a ride and looked at some of them and blacks walk in and out and I assume they are not there for any improper purpose and they live in the place,” Cohn said. “But they want us to go, apparently, and canvass all 14,000 of these units and find out how many blacks live there and how many non-blacks live there, and I suppose how many Puerto Ricans live there or non-Puerto Ri- cans.”
Goldweber recalled in an interview that she was “a nervous wreck” as she
faced off against Cohn and the Trumps. In court, Goldweber urged the judge to dismiss the counterclaim and let the
government’s discrimination case go forward. Judge Edward R. Neaher agreed.
The Trumps and their attorney then turned their attention to undermining key aspects of the government’s case.
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Basketball icon Michael Jordan has donated $5 million to the Na-
tional Museum of African American History and Culture, museum offi- cials announced Monday. The gift, the largest from a sports figure to the 19th Smithsonian mu-
seum, pushes private donations to the museum to $278 million. Including federal aid, the museum, which President Obama will open Sept. 24, has raised more than $548 million.
The Chicago Bulls star also gave a jersey that he wore during the
1996 NBA Finals to the museum’s permanent collection. In recognition of the gifts, the museum will name a section of its sports gallery the Michael Jordan Hall.
The inaugural exhibition in that space will feature artifacts associated with 17 “game-changing” athletes, including tennis player Althea Gibson and track-and-field great Jesse Owens. Jordan is among those spotlighted. Jordan played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association, and
won six championships with the Chicago Bulls. Winner of two Olympic gold medals, including one with the 1992 Dream Team, Jordan is princi- pal owner of the Charlotte Hornets and is the first former player to hold a majority interest in a team. Entertainment Alerts
Big stories in the entertainment world as they break. Sign up “I am grateful for the opportunity to support this museum,” Jordan
said in a statement. “I also am indebted to the historic contributions of community leaders and athletes such as Jesse Owens, whose talent, com- mitment and perseverance broke racial barriers and laid the groundwork for the successful careers of so many African Americans in athletics and beyond.”
Museum Founding Director Lonnie G. Bunch III expressed gratitude
for Jordan’s contribution. “His gift will enable our visitors to explore how sports were used to break barriers as a way to gain full participation in American society,” Bunch said in a statement. At the new National African American Museum, expect to see the future, not just the past Play Video2:43 Lonnie Bunch, founding director for the National Museum of Af-
rican American History and Culture, gives us an idea on what to expect when stepping inside the newest addition to the Smithsonian Institution. (Adriana Usero/The Washington Post)
Authorized by Congress in 2003, the 400,000-square-foot museum is under construction on the Mall, between the Washington Monument and the National Museum of American History.
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The legal team went after the claims that Trump employees used coded lan- guage to refer to minorities. This case had originated in part from one employee, who told the government that he was instructed to mark rental applications from blacks with the letter “C” for “colored,” and that “he did this every time a black person applied for an apartment,” according to an affidavit from Goldweber. The employee said he didn’t want to be identified in the case because “he was afraid that the Trumps would have him ‘knocked off,’ or words to that effect, because he told me about their allegedly discriminatory practices,” according to the affidavit.
Court transcripts show how the Trump lawyers then attempted a new tactic:
attacking the credibility of the government’s lawyer. They drafted an affidavit for the employee, in which he denied making such statements. In the signed state- ment, the employee claimed that the Justice Department lawyer who replaced Goldweber, Donna Goldstein, told him to “lie” or risk being “thrown in jail.” The employee described himself as a “Spanish-speaking Puerto Rican hired directly by Mr. Donald Trump.”
Goldstein and other Justice officials vehemently denied that she made any
threats. Goldstein, now a California Superior Court judge, declined to comment on the case.
Cohn said in an affidavit that Goldstein was conducting a “gestapo-like
interrogation.” A Cohn colleague wrote to the Justice Department that its agents were “descending upon the Trump offices with five stormtroopers.”
Cohn wanted the judge to hold Goldstein in contempt. But Cohn’s effort
went nowhere. The judge admonished Cohn for his language and said in a hear- ing that his accusations against the Justice Department were “utterly without foundation.”
Despite Trump’s claims that he hated to settle, he and his father authorized Cohn to make a deal.
Nearly two years of fighting was about to come to an end. But a hitch de- layed the signing of a consent decree.
The Justice Department wanted the Trumps to place advertising in local newspapers that assured prospective renters that they were open to people of all races.
The hitch was the cost. Donald Trump went into negotiating mode. “This advertising, while it’s, you know — I imagine it’s necessary from the
Government’s standpoint, is a very expensive thing for us,” Trump said, accord- ing to a court transcript. “It is really onerous. Each sentence we put in is going to cost us a lot of money over the period we are supposed to do it.”
When government officials persisted, Trump said, “Will you pay for it?” The two sides eventually came to terms. On June 10, 1975, they signed an
agreement prohibiting the Trumps from “discriminating against any person in the terms, conditions, or priveleges of sale or rental of a dwelling.” The Trumps were ordered to “thoroughly acquaint themselves personally on a detailed basis” with the Fair Housing Act.
The agreement also required the Trumps to place ads informing minorities they had an equal opportunity to seek housing at their properties.
The decree makes clear the Trumps did not view the agreement as a sur-
render, saying the settlement was “in no way an admission” of a violation. The Justice Department claimed victory, calling the decree “one of the
most far-reaching ever negotiated.” Newspaper headlines echoed that view. “Minorities win housing suit,” said
the New York Amsterdam News, which told readers that “qualified Blacks and Puerto Ricans now have the opportunity to rent apartments owned by Trump Management.”
Goldweber, the Justice lawyer who originally argued the case, said it was a clear government victory.
The government “had the [racial] coding, they had the testers , and had the
testimony of people who worked there,” said Goldweber, now a private practice lawyer in New York. “It was an important, significant step for enforcement of the Fair Housing Act. It was a big deal.”
That’s not how Donald Trump considered it. He declared victory, in part
because the agreement specifically stated that Trump made the deal without ac- knowledging wrongdoing.
In his autobiography Trump minimized the case’s impact. “In the end the
government couldn’t prove its case, and we ended up making a minor settlement without admitting any guilt.”
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