What can we do?
We must practice equality at home as effectively as we talk it abroad.
We must be more judicious and selective in the people we send overseas.
Our tourists should be better briefed on our national problems abroad.
We must have more people from abroad see us as we are at home.
We must do a far more effective job in telling the true story of our progress toward brotherhood.
And we have made some real progress. The very fact that Americans are so concerned about denial of voting rights, denial of adequate education, denial of employment opportunities to our Negro citizens is, itself, a sure sign of progress.
The truth is America's most potent weapon. We cannot enlarge upon the truth. But we can and must intensify our efforts to make that truth more shining.
Generally speaking, the American people and our government have a long and honorable tradition, insofar as our attitude toward refugees is concerned. There have been some exceptions, but when we look over the history of this country from the very beginning, our people and our government have opened their hearts, their homes, and their pocketbooks to people in distress, wherever they may be in the world.____________________
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Publication information: Book title: The Challenges We Face:Edited and Compiled from the Speeches and Papers of Richard M. Nixon. Contributors: Richard M. Nixon - Author. Publisher: McGraw-Hill. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1960. Page number: 188.
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