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

Making America Racist Again

Trump’s Make America Great Again election slogan was shaped and chosen because it did well with his crowds. It sounds kind of conservative and romantic. It was adopted despite that it has four words and eight syllables and is not a three-word three-syllable slogan like Build That Wall, U S A, Lock Her Up, Drain The Swamp, We Will Win. But neither is the recent chanting “Nobel, Nobel” three-word three-syllable. There is probably not more depth behind it.

The shallowness of the Make America Great Again did not stop people from asking “Again – you mean like when? Like when it was decimating the Natives, when there was still slavery, when women were not allowed to vote, when there were no antibiotics yet, when there was still racism on the books, when there was not gay marriage yet?” No answer.

But now we know. Trumpers dream from America being racist again. When Jews fleeing Hitler were almost completely banned. When Japanese USers were interned into camps in the US. When Blacks were only allowed to perform jazz and be poor and invisible.

This is extra-logical after Obama. His presidency spoke to the hearts of many non-White youths but also riled up a lot of racism. And US society did not deal with it. Even Obama could not. He had to play the president of all of America and therefore never stressed his Blackness. He did talk in codes, like “Equality before the Law,” “financial chances for all,” etc.

We can only guess what would have happened if he would have chosen to say the B word frequently. Like Trevor Noah does, being a general comedian but also not shunning to verbalize his African identity.

But hey, I’m not blaming the victim! The Obamas were very brave doing this and the problem lies with the Whites. We need to figure out how to kill racism, not just how to dispute it. Obviously, Desegregation busing did not take care of it. Having a Black President did not do the job either.

I got rid of some racism by: 1. Prioritizing making and keeping non-White friends and listening to them (just shut up). 2. Periodically, celebrating with other Whites our (small) anti-Racism successes and setting further goals. 3. Regularly, talking deeply about my hurts and confusions attached to race/complexion. 4. Speaking out against racism all the time. 5. Welcoming every White person to anti-Racism work.

How could we speed up ending personal and institutionalized Racism?

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), 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 vegan for 8 years now. 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 lehavdiel 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, GLBTQAI, 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 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. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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