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A devotional being sold at Target and other major national retailers has people asking how a prayer book can promote racism against White people.

“A Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal” is a best seller in the Christian Meditation Worship & Devotion section on Amazon as well. Sarah Bessey’s book offers “moving, tender prayers offer rest, joyful resistance, and a call to act.”

However, one chapter from a controversial minister is causing an uproar for asking God to help promote racism.

Devotional Asks For Help Hating White People

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes’ “Prayer of A Weary Black Woman” earned attention on Twitter.

In her section of the devotional she asks God to help her hate people who don’t look like her.

People purchasing this book are unknowingly getting a healthy dose of hate. 

“Dear God,” Dr. Walker-Barnes writes. “Please help me to hate white people. Or at least to want to hate them. At least, I want to stop caring about them, individually and collectively. I want to stop caring about their misguided, racist souls, to stop believing that they can be better, that they can stop being racist.”

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Prayer Based On Skin Color

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes’ work focuses upon healing the legacies of racial and gender oppression.

This clinical psychologist, public theologian, and ecumenical minister decided her space in this devotional should be centered around asking God to help her hate people based on their skin color. 

Her anti-racist activism and brand of Christianity appears to be at conflict with Martin Luther King Jr’s quote. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” 

“My prayer is that you would help me hate the other White people – you know, the nice ones,” her prayer continues.

“The Fox News-loving, Trump-supporting voters who ‘don’t see color’ but who make thinly-veiled racist comments about ‘those people.’ The people who are happy to have me over for dinner but alert the neighborhood watch anytime an unrecognized person of color passes their house. The people who welcome Black people in their churches and small groups but brand us heretics if we suggest that Christianity is concerned with the poor and the oppressed. The people who politely tell us that we can leave we we call out the racial microaggressions we experience in their ministries.”

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The Golden Rule

While other ministers center their message around loving Jesus and the Golden Rule of treating others the way you want to be treated, that is not Walker-Barnes’ style.

She asks God to help her judge and stereotype others in her devotional prayer. 

“Lord, if it be your will, harden my heart. Stop me from striving to see the best in people. Stop me from being hopeful that White people can do and be better,” Dr. Walker-Barnes prays in the best-selling devotional.

“Let me imagine them instead as white-hooded robes standing in front of burning crosses.”

How is this not racist?