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Target’s Tolerance of Racism

In 2013, news broke that the celebrity chef, Paula Deen had, decades in the past, used racial slurs. In response, Target pulled her cookbooks from all store shelves. This sent a message that Target would not sell products if they disagreed with the author’s messaging.

In April of 2021, Not the Bee reported on a devotional offered at Target. This devotional includes a prayer that begins, “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.”

Based on Target’s policies of removing books from the shelves if they disagree with the author, even if their disagreement with the author goes back decades, we can only assume that Target completely endorses this message. After all, if your policy is to rid your shelves of offensive content, then by logical deduction, anything left on the shelf you do not consider offensive.

And in case you are wondering what types of white people this author is asking God to help her to hate, she assures God that it is not the openly racist people she wants Him to help her to hate. “Those people are already in Hell . . . 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 about ‘those people.’”

If you are a “nice” white person, Target endorses hating you.

And not only does Target endorse hatred for an entire race of people, but they also endorse making a mockery of the God of Abraham. The God of the Universe. The Bible says, “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” A prayer that asks that God, the God who says, “there is no fear in love,” to help us to hate our neighbors, simply because of the color of their skin, is making a mockery of Orthodox Christianity (not to mention Judaism.)

And Target endorses this.

Had Target not decided to jump aboard the cancel culture train nearly a decade ago, by removing all their Paula Deen books, then they could argue that simply because they sell a book does not mean they endorse everything in that book. However, once they decided to remove items from the store based on their disagreements, it should leave only those books with which they agree. Therefore, the only logical conclusion is that Target is a bigoted corporation who hates people based on the color of their skin, and who blasphemes the God of the universe.

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