Both the president of the United States and the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church are African American. Since these are elective positions, affirmative action was not at play.
Ironically, the ratifiers of the U.S. Constitution all were white and mainly Episcopalian. They did not envision a United States or an Episcopal Church with African-American leaders.
Does this mean that racism is dead in the United States? No. Does it mean that huge strides in race relations have occurred in the United States in the 21st century? Yes. Should we “accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative?” Definitely.
Whittington B. Johnson, Miami