PressTV: Ayatollah Khamenei criticizes US police treatment of African Americans

The Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the treatment of African Americans by the US police is oppressive.

The leader said police in the United States have oppressed and humiliated black people despite the fact that the country’s president himself is African American.

In an address to police commanders in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out to massive protests across America triggered by the police discrimination against blacks.

The leader also said police power in some Western countries in fact undermines security and that Iran will not follow that example.

Yesterday, I came across an account by a man, now in the US, whose family had been forced to leave Iran. His father is Persian and his mother is an Iranian Kurd.

The article quotes the man saying that his mother “experienced extreme discrimination because of her ethnic identity.”  

I should add that there is little difference between Persians and Kurds (the languages are closely related).  But they are largely Sunni.  

How about the Ayatollah agrees to take in some African boat people?  Especially if they are not Muslim?

  • Allan

    This is a very, very black kettle calling the moderately brown pot black. What an asshole.

  • Drunk_by_Noon
    • Everyone Else

      There’s a war between transnational Islam and the rest of the world. In every case Islam will try to weaken and divide other countries.

      International communism wanted to weaken all other countries. Modern Russia only wants to weaken enemy states.

      • El Martyachi

        Your apt handle describes who “Modern” Russia considers enemy states.

        • Everyone Else

          Western media has been full of Anti-Putin articles ever since he embarrassed Obama by solving the impasse on Syria’s chemical weapons. The last time I ran across so much one-sided mainstream media reporting on an issue I hadn’t thought much about before, was when NATO bombed the Serbs, thereby handing Islam its first country in Europe.

          Simply to offer a slightly countervailing point of view, here’s a Forbes article saying Crimeans are happier to be with Russia with Ukraine.

          And here’s an article that argues Washington has been instigating the conflict with Russia.

          • El Martyachi

            Look man, I get it. There’s a point beyond which only the red chiclets remain.

          • Everyone Else

            I think the Russia question deserves more coverage. Here’s a Fox News story today about the USA arms buildup. There’s big stuff going on over there and I get uneasy when everything I read furthers only one narrative, i.e. bad Russia


            One of the biggest complaints the West proffers about Russia is Putin’s version of democracy in which he’s a tyrant. An important lesson of the Arab Spring in Egypt is that whatever we call democracy may not transplant well onto foreign lands. So maybe Putin is a KGB dictator or maybe he’s the best solution for Russia or maybe both or neither.

            It’s undeniable that Crimeans prefer being part of Russia – despite the fact we were told how horrible the Crimean invasion was going to be.

            Most of the commenters on this website don’t seem to trust Obama or the European leaders. They also don’t trust the mainstream media. Why is there trust when it comes to Russia?

            I don’t know what’s behind what’s going on over there, but I sure don’t like being force fed one point of view.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Yes, and I was recently told that the FBI was in the Ukraine just for the purpose of fomenting an anti-Russian revolution too.
            I was told this by a Russian that EARNESTLY believed it, because they had no concept of what the FBI really is or what they do.

      • Which is every other country.

    • Frau Katze

      Yes, they used to do something similar, but I didn’t know the details. Thanks for the links.

    • Frau Katze

      Blacks are often treated savagely — even murdered — in Russia. The neo-Nazis there are very real and quite numerous (I read of a case of a foreign black student murdered).

      • My parents were married by a black priest. When he saw the pictures my Ukrainian “cousin” (twice removed or something) had a hard time getting his head around the idea that it counted as a real, actual marriage. “Is it legal?” he asked.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          You might as well have told him that your parents were married by a trained circus animal. To him, that is how it appeared.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        It’s really a very weird thing.
        They will endlessly ape black ghetto culture, almost like chavs will, but they also hate them, while in most instances have never met one.
        It’s difficult to explain.

        • El Martyachi

          I read a book a few years ago by a journalist named Fred Coleman, who spent a lot of time behind the iron curtain. One anecdote was about a jazz concert put on by the Soviets sometime during the long “look how multiracially superior we are compared to the Americans” campaign. They’d invited a black American jazz musician to perform – but when he proved TOO popular with other musicians and concert goers a predictable freakout occured.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            It really is the strangest thing.

            A good movie about that very subject, if you don’t mind subtitles, is Stilyagi (Стиляги).

            It’s a Russian language musical (please, just hang with me) but actually a very good movie in it’s own right. I’m not a big fan of most foreign cinema, and most musicals make me wretch, but this one is different.

            It’s on YouTube, but if you want a better quality version it’s also on all the bit torrent sites. Turn on the subtitles.

            You will know if you’ll like it after these two scenes

          • El Martyachi

            Bolshoye spasiba, i mne ne vsyegda noozhen “subtitles”.. no obichna sichas..

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Добро пожаловать!

          • El Martyachi

            Sorry – don’t always need subtitles, but usually now.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            ‘говоришь по-русски?
            Я немного
            Ochen nemnogo!

          • El Martyachi

            Ya tozha ! Slishkom mnoga nimnoshka…

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I’m getting: “I’m skinny” SOMETHING my diminutive form of little
            Man, I made a hash of that!!!!!! 😉

          • El Martyachi

            I think we have embarrassed ourselves sufficiently for this session.

            edit: OK – “Me too , Too much tiny little”

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Russian was always easier for me when I had a Russian GF pantomiming along with it.
            Sometimes fun even, and always funny.
            Sounding it out yourself with Latin characters is a major drag.

          • El Martyachi

            Well sorry to hear things didn’t work out. Hopefully you’ve moved on and have adapted to living with one kidney.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            No sane person goes looking for a Russian GF, it’s just one of those things that happens to you when you aren’t looking.

            I can only describe it as either owning a maintence intensive car, like a 1950’s Jaguar, or lion taming with a whip in one hand and a box of chocolates in the other.
            You learn an awful lot about how that society really works, but it’s way too much work for the payoff.
            That was my only foreign GF (OK, two Mexican GFs along the way too) and I’ll never do another.
            She was a ‘good girl’ from a ‘good family’ and not running any scams, but even then, OMGWTFBBQ.

    • Pogroms are alright when Russians do them, so…

  • roccolore

    Iran needs to clean its own house first.

  • Because if there is anyone who knows how terrible police brutality is, it’s the Iranian thugs in uniform.