Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Outlaw systemic racism denial now

Democratic Germany managed to outlaw Holocaust denial.

That is not in contradiction with Free Speech but the protection of democracy, where each person is equally worthy.

Then, there is no good reason in the universe for the free West not to outlaw the denial of present-day systemic racism.

This denial is dangerous because, in the US, it’s now spreading like wildfire. And it legitimizes hatred and hate speech against anyone not Caucasian.

The only reason to have tolerance and patience for this kind of rejection of reality and bigotry is good-old classical murderous racism.

Make no mistake. If the noble Founding Fathers of the USA were able to hold slaves transported murderously across the ocean, then there are plenty of people around now who would just continue that half-a-millennium-old animosity and oppression.

And permissiveness and looking away by the rest is complicity.

Like cola and pizza, nothing stays local anymore. I know of three English Israel-focused right-wing Internet news outlets already spreading this kind of White supremacy gleefully.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion but not to alternative (false) facts.

Some White folks really don’t know much about the lives of non-Whites. Such ignorance is true for everyone designated as an agent of oppression. We need the oppressed to speak out and the Whites to listen. I can tell you: It can be touch. The guilt feelings can be numbing.

Therefore, White folks need to meet with other White folks to talk about how hard it can be to be an ally. Not to want to control the discussion. Not to see non-Whites as mere props in our comfortable bubble.

Whites need safe spaces. Not because we are oppressed as Whites. (Mistreated as White children we were, to make us ready to execute racism.) We need to cry about our shame. We need to cry about our guilt feelings. We need to share our small successes in discovering racism everywhere and standing up to it. We need to rediscover our memories of how we as small children were so ashamed of the racism of the White grown-ups around us that we didn’t want to be close to them – or anyone else who was White anymore. How we started idealizing non-Whites (how exotic they are). How we got so uncomfortable in our bodies that we couldn’t dance or excel in sports (statistically). That we got so lonely that only a sex craze seemed powerful enough to break our isolation.

Outlaw racism denial now. Tomorrow only costs more lives. Black lives. And more Souls of Whites. Only the truth can set us free.

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 (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), 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. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: https://mmvanzuiden.wordpress.com/ or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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