What's to check? So after about four weeks of this run-around, I told them forget it. She [Mrs. Smith] went to Leonardtown to the bank and had the check in the account in less than an hour with the same credit information. And before she got back home, the other bank had found out-I don't know how they did. So, they called to find out,
"Well, you know, we were gonna let you have the loan."
"Well, can you turn this money back, we'll let you have the loan with no closing costs, no points, no nothing."
I said, "No. We don't do business that way." I said, "But maybe next time somebody applies for a loan, you will remember this," I said, "because you lost a good interest on this loan because you're dragging your feet." I said, "And, it was no reason for you to drag your feet because you have all the information you needed in the computer. All of our financial statements, the properties that we own, the accounts we had." I said, "You had all that and all you had to do was punch a button on the computer and it would come right up." I said, "And, it took you four weeks and you still didn't get the loan." I said, "And within one hour, she went to the other bank. They pushed the button; it came up; the check was wrote out and deposited in our account." I said, "Now, you've got to see something wrong with this picture: that y'all couldn't get it done in four weeks and they could get it done in one hour."
But that's--. It's still--it's still happening today. Like I said, it's not as obvious as it used to be, but it's still there. [sigh] People see blacks as a financial risk. No matter what credit you have; no matter what property you own; no matter how your payment record is. Being Black makes you a risk. And like I said, the institutions can say, "Well, we don't do it anymore," but they're lying. They still do it and like I said, two people-a Black and a White-can go to the same bank to borrow $50,000 and the White's going to get it quicker. And if he's not careful, he's going to get it at anywhere from a half to a point and a half, percentage points, cheaper than the black man, and I know this to be a fact. . .
But as long as you Black, you have a image problem. Like I said, you go into the store. A Black and White person go into the store together and--a department store--and they go different ways. If anybody's going to be followed, it's going to be the Black because you are supposed to steal something before you leave. That's their thinking; that's their attitude that you're Black, you're a thief.
It's very few people that's going to--that's living at this day and time, that's going to ever see that change totally, if it ever does. I don't think it ever will. I think it'll always be there. It's better now than it was ten years ago. Ten years ago was better than it was twenty years ago, but it's still's got a long ways to go to put the Black man on equal footing.
As a Black, I've never wanted any extra help. Just give me the same breaks that every--that you give to the White person. I'll settle for that, then it's up to me to make it or not make it on that. You know, I don't want nobody giving me anything. Just give me the chance and the choice to do what I need to do. And, it is still hard this day and time to get that chance.