Major booksellers, including Amazon and Target, are pushing a new Christian worship book that includes a prayer to God to help readers “hate white people.” The book, “A Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal” has reached bestseller status in the Amazon category of Christian Worship & Devotion and has been flying off the bookshelves despite including a “hateful” prayer in the book that supposedly offers “moving, tender prayers offer rest, joyful resistance, and a call to act.”
The book is by Sarah Bessey (below) and includes prayers from leaders in America. One section in Bessey’s book is written by Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes and is entitled “Prayer of a Weary Black Woman.” This page has become a viral sensation on Twitter because it has rubbed white readers the wrong way.
“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.”
The prayer continues, “I am not talking about white antiracist allies who have taken up this struggle against racism with their whole lives – the ones who stand vigil for weeks outside jails where Black women are killed; who show up in Charlottesville (and other cities).”
Dr. Walker-Barnes (above) is a clinical psychologist and public theologian, according to a report published on The Mix. She also served as an ecumenical minister and decided to dedicate her prayer in the book to people of color who must face racism and its negative effects.
The prayer continues, “My prayer is that you would help me 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 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 call out the racial microaggressions we experience in their ministries.”
Dr. Walker-Barnes’s “Prayer for a Weary Black Woman” stands out in the book because it takes a different approach than the other prayers, which preach loving Jesus and doing unto others as you would want them to do to you. However, the psychologist wrote a more aggressive prayer to help people of color reclaim power amid the racial injustice in the United States.
“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 the bestselling book. “Let me imagine them instead as white-hooded robes standing in front of burning crosses.”
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