True Confessions: Why Have I Lived in Detroit All This Time?

For the last 40 years, my husband Russ and I have lived in Detroit.  At first, we lived in the Cass Corridor.  Then we bought my Aunt Anne’s house on the northeast side.  We have lived been here for 31 years because Russ didn’t want to leave Detroit.

The Cass Corridor had a bad reputation back when we lived there.  My own family stopped coming to visit us because they thought our home in northeast Detroit was in a dangerous area.  My sisters were amazed that I would continue to live here because of my husband’s wishes.  I don’t usually invite people over to our house anymore, since the foreclosures took over the area in recent years and the Emergency Manager took away some of our public services.

So why are we here, and what’s good about Detroit?  There are lots of reasons, from the personal to the ideal.

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Free America from Hate: Vote to Defeat Trump

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My guest writer this week is my beloved husband, Russ Bellant.  He has been researching and writing on topics related to this article for over 40 years.  He has published three books and numerous articles in such publications as the New York Times, the National Catholic Reporter, the Toronto Star, the Texas Observer and the Detroit Metro Times.

Fred Trump Sr. was arrested in 1927 in a fight between 100 New York City police officers and 1,000 Ku Klux Klan members during a Memorial Day parade (New York Times June 1, 1927, p. 16). It was an era of Klan growth when they fought to keep Irish, Poles, Italians from immigrating to the U.S. As was a common practice years ago, the newspaper published his home address as 175-24 Devonshire, Jamaica, Queens, New York City. Fred Trump had built that two story home there two years earlier and ran his real estate business from there. He married in 1936 and began a family.

In 1946 Fred’s 4th child, Donald, was born in Jamaica, Queens. He was raised in Queens in his father’s real estate/ landlord business. Their practice was to rent to whites only. So determined were the Trump’s in upholding their racist practices that one of their tenants, folksinger Woodie Guthrie, wrote a poem in 1950 with lines denouncing “Old Man Trump”  and the “racial hate that he stirred up.”

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