Wells Fargo and customer confidence

Special to the Outlook

What we see in the article that accompanies this editorial is that Wells Fargo Bank certainly has a problem with its customers. We know for a fact that a number of those customers happen to be African American and Latino and that these two ethnic groups have been faithful clients of this bank. At several times throughout the discussion of the wrong doing by bank officials in terms of directions given to employees, statements have been made by the bank CEO about rebuilding customer confidence. One of those steps was the running of a series of full page ads in daily newspapers seeking to reassure bank customers. The problem is, none of those ads ran in African American newspapers or as far as we know in Latino newspapers.

Now, Wells Fargo has announced a major advertising campaign for the month of April 2017. This campaign is to “rebuild customer trust” The problem is that once again there has been no interaction with African American newspapers which are read by people who have accounts with Wells Fargo, but happen to use other than “mainstream” or daily newspapers. Consider that community newspapers are found in all of our ethnic communities, not just African American, Latino, or Asian. The failure to use these newspapers suggest that the bank as a government regulated institution, does not include communities of color as a matter of public policy. This is not acceptable.

Perhaps we need to share our concerns with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency within the U.S. Department of the Treasury which has oversight jurisdiction over all financial institutions in this country. Mr. Thomas J. Curry, Comptroller of the Currency. U. S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, D.C.