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Sat Jun 20, 2020, 09:04 PM

'Racial Hate': A famed folk singer, Trump's dad and angry lyrics at a Tulsa landmark

One of the signs that will greet President Trump on Saturday in Tulsa reads ďThis Machine Kills Fascists.Ē

Itís affixed to a guitar on a huge mural painted on the side of the Woody Guthrie Center, just six blocks from the arena where Trump is holding his first campaign rally during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The Woody Guthrie Center is dedicated to the work of one of the nationís greatest folk singers and most influential songwriters. Born in Oklahoma, Woody Guthrie is best known for the ballad, ďThis Land Is Your Land,Ē which some people consider an alternative national anthem. But Guthrie penned hundreds of other songs, too, and one of them was about Trumpís father, Fred Trump.

In 1950, Trumpís father was Guthrieís landlord in Brooklyn. Guthrie didnít think much of Fred Trump when he wrote these unrecorded and unpublished lyrics, which were found in the Guthrie Centerís archives in 2016 by Will Kaufman, a professor of American culture at the University of Central Lancashire in Great Britain.

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 Ö

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2020/06/20/woody-guthrie-fred-trump-tulsa-lyrics/

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