Sargent Shriver Discusses the Peace Corps on Meet the Press (December 15, 1963)

This fiery interview, given in the aftermath of President Kennedy’s assassination, covers many topics that are still crucial for us in the 21st century. Sargent Shriver discusses the importance of the Peace Corps for the United States from both a political and social perspective. He stresses the importance of cultivating service and fostering strong relations with other countries. Towards the end of the interview, Shriver says that there is "no racism in the Peace Corps." While it's impossible that Peace Corps Volunteers faced no racism (no organization is immune to the global issue of racism), Shriver was likely referring to his belief that there was no racism in the hiring practices of the Peace Corps at the time which he backs up with volunteer demographics in the interview.

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