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

It’s not enough to be anti-racism. You need to know what to answer back.

When a white genocide conspiracy theorist pushes her vile messages, it’s not enough to be against her views. We need to know how to answer her back. Not just to win a debate with her. Rather, to teach the bystanders how not to fall for her propaganda. And what a poor taste from the Jerusalem Post to make one of her slogans their headline and publish all her filth without rebuttal. We may hope that the Post is still solidly anti-racist, as it was for years and that this was merely an oversight at the offices of a pretense newspaper in great trouble.

So, what to answer when a racist says “Jews have Israel, where will white Brits go to?”

One potent way is just to dismiss racism without going into the fine details. It heartens people to hear a lack of timidity and shame. Just say: I don’t want to hear one more racist statement again. Racism kills and ruins the lives both of non-whites and whites. Be again like what you were like when you were 5 years old and loved all other kids. No more racist bullying. No to blatant racism and no to “educated” racism. Just shut up if you have nothing decent to say.

Try it.

Another answer may refer to what false premise lies behind the question, the black-and-white (pun intended) dichotomy of them versus us. You could say: Well, do as the Jews that went to Israel. They started marrying each other overall ethnic differences to such a degree that sociologists and statisticians cannot make the distinctions anymore between Ashkenazic and Mizrachic Israelis. Non-whites are not another race. They’re just like you with a different history. Mingle, befriend across historic lines. Enrich their lives and let them enrich yours. And be brave. They are much more scared of your racism than you are of them.

You may also agree with a strong point of hers to take away any rational basis of her stance. Say, Of course, we need to defend and be proud of our democracy, our tradition of religious tolerance, our equality of the sexes, our freedom to think for ourselves, etc. Be assured that the vast majority of “them” wants that too. Don’t paint them falsely as all against our Western views. And learn from what they can contribute. A bit more respect for the elderly, is highly due in the West. Being against women needing to parade their beauty to be seen, is a good thing. Who says that being so tolerant of alcohol consumption, is wisdom? It’s stupidity.

But if you find yourself intimidated, just shout, Nonsense.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust 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 vegan for 8 years now. * 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 lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. * 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, 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, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others 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 quit 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 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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