December 22, 2000
No monopoly on Iranianness
Mr. Racial Cleanser ["Iran
has seen worse throughout history"],
There are those of us who think being Iranian should not have any religious
or ethnic or racial criterias. Feeling like one is enough. And certainly
no one has a monopoly on the definition of "Iranian".
You can certainly be gay and be Iranian. Certainly our history has had
its share of gay and khaajeh personalities. You can also be a Jew or an
Armenian and be Iranian. And guess what? You can be a woman and marry a
Black man and still be Iranian.
Do you really think that your lesser shade of dark makes you better
or different? Do you really think who or how someone sleeps is any indicator
of national identity? Or are you just so keyboard happy that you write
everything that comes to your little mind and feel like it is good enough
to share with everyone?
Not even the Islamic Republic believes that being Shiite is a prerequisite
of being Iranian. So please take a breath before you next so terrribly