Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Breonna Taylor’s death: Racist inequality stemming from equality before the law

Not everything the public calls crazy, psychiatrists call crazy. And not everything we call murder is technically murder in terms of the law.

However, sometimes the intuition of the layperson understands something people trained in law may be blind to.

Three officers storm an apartment. Shots are fired. A Black woman dies.

Her family was just rewarded an astronomical amount of money as solace and changes in the way this department works were promised (again).

NB: This money is not paid by the police but by the public!


Today a court case against one of the police officers got approved. He’s not accused of murder because, for that, you need to try and kill someone. It’s called deadly endangering human life because he shot through a curtain, knowing people were behind it. I would claim it’s not so simple.

1. When firing indiscriminately into a crowd, you also don’t try to kill anyone in particular, but it’s still murder.

2. Three people were behind the curtain, so he endangered three people? Why not charge him with every bullet he fired, ten in total?

3. US Police firing a firearm would not have happened so easily in a White neighborhood. If found guilty of murder or manslaughter, the penalty should be doubled on grounds of racism. Pretending equality in the mindset of White officers entering a Black or a White neighborhood is racist because it denies the difference, the bias that has cost so many lives of non-Whites in the US already.

The protesters, livid about the low charges (5 years maximum for each of the 3 endangered people) are right. They may lack the legal understanding or lingo, but they’re right on target in their judgment of the situation.

The crazy thing is that the allegedly trigger-happy cop didn’t fire the bullet that killed Breonna Taylor. That happened by the other two officers but under Kentucky law, they were allowed to fire because her boyfriend had shot at them when they stormed the apartment. Never mind that when people break into your apartment, what are the inhabitants supposed to do? Set coffee for the intruders? They said that they announced to be police but none of the neighbors heard that. A CNN senior investigative journalist commenting calls the raid incredibly sloppy police work.

The law must be changed as it is racist not to take racism into account.

Lady Justice sometimes must peek under her blindfold. That’s right.

Black Lives Matter that much.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500th blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry, and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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