Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (191763)
And if we are to open employment opportunities in this country for members of all races and creeds, then the Federal Government must set an example . The President himself must set the key example. I am not going to promise a Cabinet post or any other post to any race or ethnic group. That is racism in reverse at its worst. So I do not promise to consider race or religion in my appointments if I am successful. I promise only that I will not consider them.
Senator JOHN F. KENNEDY, campaign speech, Wittenberg College, Springfield, Ohio, October 17, 1960.Freedom of Communications, final report of the Committee on Commerce, United States Senate, part 1, p. 635 (1961). Senate Rept. 87994.