Black borrowers have faced higher hurdles to getting loans, even before the Great Recession’s infamous credit crunch. But one subsection of the community has managed to evade financial institutions’ discriminatory practices, a new study from the University of Iowa shows.
According to the study’s lead author, University of Iowa sociologist Sarah Harkness, lenders perceive African-American women just as favorably as white males, and would lend them as much money. The reason: African-American females are generally perceived as single mothers who are industrious and hardworking, Harkness concludes.
To test her theory, Harkness gave the study participants