Facing Race after Michael Curry’s election as Presiding Bishop

An excellent article and a profound insight in the reality in which we live in the USA and the church

The Episcopal Herald

When President Obama was elected eight years ago as the first African American president, many in this country rushed to declare that America’s racial problems had been officially resolved. We had entered the post-racial society, they said. But then those same voices disparaged his office and his person. They created voter ID laws to discourage minorities from voting. They decried black leaders for not keeping their communities quiet in the face of violence and discrimination. Those same voices that would have us believe they could not see race showed us just how deep the racial prejudices and injustices of this land run.


Obama’s presidency did not absolve us of a racist past, but it did prove a catalyst for uncovering our racist present so that we might together begin the work of addressing it. God bless our president for his patience, self-differentiation, and wisdom in this painful process.

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One thought on “Facing Race after Michael Curry’s election as Presiding Bishop

  1. It is always helpful when an intelligent person writes so clearly the meaning and non-meaning of any single act. He is right that the election of our current president operated to place in sharp relief the difference between relatively non-racist people and those driven by hate or disgust to find race an appropriate basis on which to judge someone. I use the term relatively non-racist because, as I talk to friends and colleagues, we can find a tiny bit of racism in us walking home on a dark night. The difference between us and the racists is that we strive everyday to overcome that kneejerk reaction on those dark nights.

    It is true that we do not have these atavistic responses to particular individuals of a different color. Presidents, sports heroes, the one who joins a class, or the neighbor we talk with over the fence in the summertime. It is only in the darkness of the night, when fears are irrational and strangers all take on a dangerous cast, that his ugly beast rises amongst us. I suppose it will be tamed only when we have the same fear of white people at night.

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