A racist rumor is now roaming through the streets of Tehran (exacerbated by even more racist instigation by monarchists from abroad)—that among the security forces beating up on the demonstrators are people who do not speak Persian, that they speak Arabic, that they are dark skin and thus not Iranian—from Lebanon, Palestine, or Iraq.Läs hela!
The whitewash imagination of those who make up these stories has habitually dismissed Iranians from the southern climes of their homeland as “Arabs,” as if being Arab was a misdemeanor. This idea of fictive foreigners beating up and killing Iranians used to be Afghan when millions of Afghan refugees fled their homeland and sought refuge in Iran in the 1980’s; now they have become Arabs. The same racist imagination in and out of Iran now seeks to fish from this muddy water. They have no clue that the only Arab that I know for a fact now roaming the streets of Iran is Hanzala [bilden], watching over his Iranian brothers and sisters, a witness to their courage and imagination—blessing their Intifada, teaching them a trick or two.
onsdag, juli 08, 2009
Hamid Dabashi, iransk-amerikansk litteraturvetare och författare till bland annat boken Iran: A people interrupted, har en väldigt fin text publicerad på Tehran Bureau: