"Dear God,
Please help me to hate White people."

1st words of a prayer in a NYTimes Bestseller.

Here's where theoretical academic CRT & DiAngelo's pop ideas ultimately lead, in practice.

Is this the path to a harmonious multiethnic USA?

Whole "prayer" in this thread.


"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.

"I'm not talking about the White antiracist allies who have taken up this struggle against racism w/ their whole lives—the ones who stand vigil for weeks outside jails where Black women are killed; who show up in Charlottesville & Ferguson & Baltimore & Pasadena...

"...to take a public stand against racism and police brutality; who are so committed to fighting White supremacy that their own lives bear the wounds of its scars. No, those aren't the people I want to hate. I'm not even talking about the ardent racists, either, ...

"...the strident segregationists who mow down nonviolent antiracist protesters, who open fire on Black churchgoers, or who plot acts of racial terrorism hoping to start a race war. Those people are already in hell. There's no need to waste hatred on them.

"Perhaps...you could make sure that they don't take the rest of us w/ them, that their attempts at harming others are thwarted, & that they don't gain access to positions of power.

My prayer is that you would help me to hate the other White people—you know, the nice ones.

"The Fox News-loving, Trump-supporting voters who 'don't see color' but who make thinly veiled racist comments abt 'those people.' The people who are happy to have me over for dinner but alert neighborhood watch anytime an unrecognized person of color passes their house.

"The people who welcome Black people in their churches & small groups but brand us as heretics if we suggest that Christianity is concerned with the poor and the oppressed. The people who politely tell us that we can leave when we call out the racial microaggressions...

"...we experience in their ministries.

But since I don't have many relationships with people like that, perhaps they are not a good use of hatred either.

Lord, grant me, then, the permission & desire to hate the White people who claim the progressive label but...

"...who are really wolves in sheep's clothing. Those who've learned enough history, read enough books, spent enough time in other countries to make themselves seem knowledgeable even though that knowledge remains far removed from their hearts.

"Those whose unexamined White supremacy bubbles up at times I'm not expecting it, when I have my guard down and my heart open. Lord, if you can't make me hate them, at least spare me from their perennial gaslighting, whitemansplaining, and White woman tears.

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

"Let me see them as hopelessly unrepentant, reprobate bigots who have blasphemed the Holy Spirit & who need to be handed over to the evil one. Let me be like Jonah, unwilling for my enemies to change, or like Lot, able to walk away from them & their sinfulness without...

"...trying to call them to repentance. Let me stop seeing them as members of the same body.

Free me from this burden of calling them to confession & repentance. Grant me a Get Out of Judgment Free card if I make White people the exception to your commandment to love...

"...our neighbors as we love ourselves.

But I will trust in you, my Lord. You have kept my love & my hope steadfast even when they have trampled on it. You have rescued me from the monster of racism when it sought to devour me. You have lifted up my head...

"... when it was low and healed my heart when it was wounded.

You have not given me up to slavery or to Jim Crow or to the systems of structural oppression, but you have called me to be an agent in your ministry of justice and reconciliation.

"And you have not allowed me to languish alone, but you have lighted the path towards beloved community w/ the loving witness of the ancestors, elders, & sojourners who have come before me & who stand with me today.

"Thus, in the spirits of Fannie & Ida & Pauli & Ella & Septima & Coretta, I pray & I press on, in love.

Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes.

In S. Bessey (ed.) "Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal."

#1 in Amazon's Christian Meditation Worship, etc.
P.S.: Even if the author's ultimate point is that she *can't* bring herself to hate in the way she'd like to, we still have to reckon w/ the ugly, hateful, small-souled language & sentiments here. Every ideology inspires an aesthetics. This is the aesthetics inspired by woke CRT.
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