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

What Buttigieg should say about his White policeman (again) shooting a Black man

Another person died. An unbearable loss.
Another person has died a violent death. Unacceptable.
Another Black man was shot to death by a White policeman.
Again? Again?
Of course, you’re angry.

This cannot be seen detached from racism.
The whole life of the Black man was informed by racism.
The killing by the White police officer was informed by racism.
How Blacks feel and think now, is informed by racism.
How Whites feel and think now, is informed by racism.

We don’t know if the police officer was right to fire.
His video camera was off but his gun worked?
It smells of murder. It stinks like a hate crime.
A playing too fast and too loose with the life of yet another Black man.
But let a judge and jury decide, because for me, he’s a murder suspect.

But what matters most is that a White killed a Black again.
This is not an echo of slavery; it’s the same slavery.
The White guy is in power and the Black guy dies.
The White person feels entitled and the Black person’s blood is cheap.

One of the protest signs read: “Who do you call when the police killed?”
When the police protect Whites but scare Blacks, things are so wrong.
We want a society where women, Jews, children and Blacks feel safe.
I find it unbearable when Black people feel unsafe in the USA.
And you can talk to me about safety for all, every day of my life.

I’m now sorry that I fired my Black police chief, eight years ago.
I was new at the job. I was right but I was wrong.
I didn’t take into account that he was facing and fighting racism at work from his White offices.
Objectively, he was wrong for the law and that’s all that I weighed.
We need more Black policemen and protect them until they’re safe.

All White people in power must listen to advice from Blacks every day.
White people must stop reasoning against what our Black friends tell us.
We must take the racism out of our hearts, minds, and society.
After slavery stopped and women’s suffrage started, there are no second-class citizens anymore in the USA. We need to act accordingly.

This cannot be whitewashed into “very fine people on both sides.”
To end racism, we do not need to see things nuanced.
To end racism, we must take a clear non-ambivalent non-nuanced stand.
To end racism, we need to bring changes everywhere. In law and in life.
In the street and in the classroom. At work and in our free time.

Blacks are not looking for favors of sympathy from Whites.
All Whites need to earn Black friends, Black colleagues, Black teachers.
There must be ears for the “smallest” racism that occurred, to remedy it.
Racism kills. Black lives matter. And how!
I’m sad for the life so violently senselessly lost.

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, 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. * 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. 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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