June 12, 2000
Need to relate
Professor Taati is right in saying that organizations dedicated to advocacy
for Iranians have not been able to gain enough legitimacy among the Iranians
way to go"]. This is only partially due to the inability of these
organizations to come up with an agenda that attracts all Iranians.
The problem is that Iranians are a heterogeneous population divided
along several lines of ethnicity, class, politics, language, religion,
and gender perspectives. Even our common denominator, i.e. the love of
homeland (nationalism), is not immune to this diversity of affiliations.
My hope is that, as Dr. Taati expects, we can move beyond these primordial
interests and relate to Iran and one another at a level far beyond our
special interests and particularistic affiliations.
We need to relate to one another as Iranians who have similar RIGHTS,
despite our differences in class, ethnic, religious, gender, and political
affiliations. These rights are to be defined not only in relation to the
current government in Iran but also in relation to our status as immigrants
in different host societies.
Associate professor of sociology
Ohio Wesleyan University