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Federal Subsidies / Country Clubs / Racism #200671

CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 17, 1969
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(Studio) Report on 6-yr. old "golf and butler policy."
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Near Senatobia, Mississippi) Cntry. Club financed by federal taxpayers. $171,000 loan given by government to Back Acres Cntry. Club. 100s financed this way.
REPORTER: Norman Glubok

(Near Georgetown, DE) Sussex Cntry. Club borrowed $250,000.
REPORTER: Norman Glubok

(Near Wapello, Iowa) Indian Hills Golf and Cntry. Club borrowed $175,000.
REPORTER: Norman Glubok

(Near Clifton Springs, New York) Clifton Springs Cntry. Club borrowed $275,000.
REPORTER: Norman Glubok

(Mendoda, California) Whitesbridge Golf and Cntry. Club: $382,000 loan. Branch Agriculture Department, FHA, gave out loans. Theory is that Cntry. Clubs in rural areas will make areas more attractive and prosperous.
REPORTER: Norman Glubok

(DC) [Federal Housing Administration Spokesperson James SMITH - says idea is to dvp. rural areas.]
REPORTER: Norman Glubok

(No Location Given) Since 1963 Federal Housing Administration gave $100 million for recreation loans Incls. 700 projects, with 400 of them private. Govt. lends money at 5% interest. Govt. passes loan to bank at 8%. Govt. pays 3% difference. Critics charge some clubs are racially exclusive.
REPORTER: Norman Glubok

(Near Pontotoc, Mississippi) Pontotoc Cntry. Club: $135,000 loan. Most clubs only allow members or invited guests in, although federal law declares no one may be denied at government-subsidized projects. [Secretary Treasury Charles PAGE - says never had Negro applications, so don't know what we'd do.]
REPORTER: Norman Glubok

(Lee Cnty., Mississippi) Natchez Trace Golf Association: $265,000 loan. It claims it's open to all races. [Club Supt. Ralph PENNINGTON - says no Negroes played here except boys who work here. We'd welcome the right quality of Negro.]
REPORTER: Norman Glubok

(DC) [Representative Silvio CONTE - says small busmen. going under while fed. government gives money to start Cntry. Clubs.] [Representative John CONYERS - says annual food stamp struggle occurs, while same agency hands out Cntry. Club loans.] [SMITH - says program helped rural areas.]
REPORTER: Marya McLaughlin

(No Location Given) $7 million to be given this year for loans.
REPORTER: Norman Glubok

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Glubok, Norman;
McLaughlin, Marya
Duration:
00:06:20

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