Address Before Young Israel of Pelham Parkway at the Concourse Plaza Hotel, New York City

May 20, 1964


New York, NY

Most of our fellow citizens do their best—and do it the modest, unspectacular, decent, natural way which is the highest form of public service. But every day in a shameful variety of ways the selfish actions of the small minority sully the honor of our nation. The politician who takes bribes, the businessman who offers them, the industrialist who rigs bids and fixes prices, the trade unionist who works with gangsters, the God-fearing American who can’t stand the idea of fellow citizens of a different color attending his churches or voting-booths—all have made a series of individual decisions which, one on top of another, degrade the whole character of our society.