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Forgive us, for we have sinned: A unilateral confession of racism

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Oh Lord, the God of all peoples- You tell us to confess our sins, the sins of our country, to one another and for one another. If we are truly righteous, we will take ownership of the sins of our land. We have sinned for generations. We have been arrogant, violent, heartless, and ignorant--for generations upon generations. And now, our hatred and violence surprises us and devastates us. Let our confession prompt your forgiveness. Let forgiveness motivate us to make restitution to those we've sinned against. "Therefore  confess  your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." ( James 5:17 ) We have worshipped our own success, our own privilege, our own destiny, for generations, to the peril of others. We are reaping the legacy of that self-absorption and ignorance, let alone the hatred and violence that preceded it. "I, the  Lord  your God, am a jealous