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

Refusing to spread racism is preventing murder

Living in a democracy, my chance of being murdered is about as large as being hit by a meteorite. This is also true because, as a visible Jew, I live in a Jewish state where the vast majority is alert of anti-Semitic terrorism.

Now watch the above clip. A dark-brown CNN reporter and his camera crew get arrested by the police. For nothing. While his Caucasian colleague, two blocks down, gets not. But that’s not my point.

Watch how the reporter becomes extremely slow and calm, voicing his willingness to cooperate and stand anywhere the police want. It breaks my heart. Here is an innocent man who has to make sure to not frighten or irritate the police since they might kill him. Not inside a dictatorship. In what Americans call “the greatest democracy on earth.”

Every black, brown, and Hispanic man in the US knows that any wild move or annoyance could get him killed in a second. They try to stay under the radar, to be invisible in public, all day long. This is not only a violation of equality and opportunity. It is so humiliating. Their lives are not protected by police but actually are endangered. Black Lives Matter is the exact opposite of reality that black blood is cheap in the US. How can any white American live with this?

The story went that many black American boys are beaten viciously by their mothers. Not because of their mothers’ incompetence or sternness. No, they try to beat out of their innocent kids any resemblance of pride because that could get them killed. Supposedly, the beatings, as contrary to child abuse, did not leave the boys feel unloved. Thirty years ago, I was told that this was a remnant of the slavery time. Not so! Heart-breaking.

Oppressive stereotypes often try to create the opposite image of reality. Women live longer but they are called weaker. Children are very smart but they are called stupid and made fun of because they may lack some facts. Blacks are called dirty while they shower more often than whites. Another opposite stereotype is portraying black and native Americans as violent, justifying white violence against them.

The oppressed may even themselves start believing the stereotypes. So some women feel powerless, some blacks act violently. This still doesn’t validate the prejudices. And, whites typically feel scared around non-white equals. It’s a pack of lies that scares us. Reality is the reverse.

Any time a white American refuses to pass on racist words or stereotypes, s/he may just have prevented a murder. Especially, when you’re a Jew.

Take an example of this sheriff:

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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