Interview with Harris Wofford
QUESTION 3
INTERVIEWER:

NOW IN YOUR BOOK WHEN YOU WERE DISCUSSING THE 1960s CAMPAIGN AND YOUR BEING BROUGHT INTO THE KENNEDY CAMP, YOU MENTIONED ON THE PHONE HOW REMOVED JOHN KENNEDY WAS PERSONALLY FROM CONTACT WITH BLACKS. AND CAN YOU TELL THAT STORY ABOUT HIS, YOU KNOW WHERE HIS BACKGROUND WAS, ABOUT HIS PERSONAL CONTEXT?

Harris Wofford:

John… John… John Kennedy, when he realized he was in trouble with black voters, ah, and the black delegates to the 1960 convention, called me in and… and very candidly he said, "You know I'm way behind on this, because I've hardly known any blacks in my life. It isn't an issue that I've thought about a lot. You know, where should I go, who should I see? I've got to learn a lot, and I've got to catch up fast."