Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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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
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit about what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and education contribute to his visions. * To find less-recent posts on subject XXX among his over 1550 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe, here: * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. Yet, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people who don't deserve that. He admits that he sometimes exaggerates 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. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism), 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), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * 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. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. He loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, empowering therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids non-violently. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's being a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. He lives with his library in Jerusalem. Feel free to contact him. * His writing has been made possible by a (second-generation) Holocaust survivors' allowance 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. 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 an original peek outside of your cultural bubble.
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