Iranian Expatriates in America – The New ‘House Negroes’? By Zahir Ebrahim

Iranian Expatriates in America – The New ‘House Negroes'(?)

Zahir Ebrahim | Project

February 09, 2010 | Updated April 15, 2010

This past Saturday, February 06, 2010 in San Jose, California:

the following speech was made at the pro-democracy Iranian expats’ gathering to show ‘Solidarity with People in Iran’:

As one given to even a modicum of reflection can trivially see from the video, the topic is qualitatively similar to this:

In other words, putting the indigenous (and often genuine) disaffections of a people in the service of empire, more specifically, in the service of its “imperial mobilization”, is the ageless art form of Divide et Impera. And as old as mankind.

The following two open letters further elaborate on that theme:

Open Letter to the Authors of ‘U.S. policy must factor in changed landscape in Iran’, Dr. Trita Parsi et. al. — Brzezinski & Fukuyama protégé

Letter to an Iranian Expatriate on the Iranian Question

I just wish that the Iranians living in the United States would demonstrate some semblance of rational wisdom, some political acumen, some literacy in political science – belonging as the Persians are to one of the most ancient and world-enriching civilizations on earth. To be bereft of wisdom is to shoot one’s own-self in the foot. Do these ‘house Negroes’ churning the ‘green revolution’ mantra of their masters really think that the United States and its Anglo-Saxon Western Alliance murderously seeking “full spectrum dominance” in plain view of the entire world, is really interested in bringing genuine western style ‘democracy’ to Iran? And especially when they are converting their own Western nations into Orwellian police-states?

Khatami on Western Style Democracy and American Interest in Iran

Instead of trying to bring chants of “Azadi”, i.e., freedom, to their beloved Iran 20,000 miles away, those living in the United States and enjoying its plentiful freedom-blessings may perhaps endeavor to bring even a modicum Azadi to their host nation first(?):

Think Government Is Corrupt? You May Face 10 Years In Jail

Surveillance Drones To Zap Protesters Into Submission

Hmmm… doesn’t the aforecited reporting of merely the latest in police-state strike the freedom-loving uber-educated Iranians of America – and especially those in San Jose, California where perhaps the most highly-educated and tech-savvy among the Iranian expats reside – as a tad bit odd that the speaker in the video on ‘Solidarity with People in Iran’ doesn’t mention bringing freedom and democracy to America, Europe, and the UK, and nor do any of the ‘house Negroes’ cited in the open letters referenced above, but that they are riling up the Iranians to bring ‘democracy’ to their beleaguered nation when it is precariously poised on its existential perch and facing an imminent threat of war from the same hectoring hegemons?

Why is the United States and its vassals interested in destabilizing and waging an unjust war on Iran? Have the Iranian expatriate public wondered about that? Are they completely blind to the war-mongering Western agenda of decimating Iran, both from within by harvesting its disaffections, and militarily with the boogieman of WMD?

Here are two editorials, my own, that look at the loss of ‘democracy’ in America – which wasn’t intended to be a democracy to start with, but a Republic. Yes, bring mob rule to every place else – a good recipe for destabilizing any region and for distracting its disaffected peoples as they are glibly flattered and goaded to protest in its streets – while turning one’s own lofty Republic on paper into a fascist barbaric Police-State in practice, and making it progressively illegal to protest that travesty! Doing so is now equated with being a ‘terrorist’. How amazingly convenient for the ‘house Negroes’ to not perceive the elephant shitting in the master’s bedroom as they sing its “Azadi” song for other nations about to be attacked:

‘War on Terror’ is not about ‘Islamofascism’ – Please get with the real agenda you people!

Letter to Editor – Confessions of a gullible idiot

And the grotesque tragedy is that the Iranian ‘House Negro’ is singing the Mad Hatter’s war-song to bring destruction to its own tribe of ‘Field Negro’. If unfamiliar with the inelegant term ‘House Negro’, Malcolm X’s sanguine description is almost incomparable (transcript here):

I sure hope that the Iranians living in America, as their Western-enamored Persian kith back home, aren’t naturally suffering from the ‘House Negro’ viral plague of modernity, and are only misled by the chicaneries of a handful of mercenaries among them doing a vile ‘Squeez it’ job:

PRESSTV NEDA'S DEATH - other side of the coin, Musavi, Tehran

PRESSTV NEDA'S DEATH - other side of the coin, Musavi, Tehran

In fact, I sure hope that as MLK Jr. had averred in his more sophisticated description of the Negro, the majority of Iranians of America have not really transformed “from the representative of the Negro to the white man into the white man’s representative to the Negro”:

“The white establishment is skilled in flattering and cultivating emerging leaders. It presses its own image on them and finally, from imitation of manners, dress, and style of living, a deeper strain of corruption develops. This kind of Negro leader acquires the white man’s contempt for the ordinary Negro. He is often more at home with the middle-class white than he is among his own people. His language changes, his location changes, his income changes, and ultimately he changes from the representative of the Negro to the white man into the white man’s representative to the Negro. The tragedy is that too often he does not recognize what has happened to him.” (Martin Luther King Jr., read passage in full context here)

If the Iranians today are inexplicably unfamiliar with the ‘occidentosis’ plaguing the modern Negro, especially some among their own generation, they might read the 50 years old words of one of their own brethren who refused to carry the white man’s burden of “la mission civilisatrice” upon his self-respecting shoulders:

OCCIDENTOSIS: A Plague From the West

The modern Negro living in the West however has long transcended even that advanced stage of de facto colonization. He and she have today morphed into the ‘intellectual Negro’. If unfamiliar with that neologism, please see this introduction:

The two open letters noted above which I humbly invite the Iranian expats to read, expand on the phenomenon of the Negro among the ‘untermenschen’ who love to echo their masters’ message. Some calculatingly, but surely most still unaware that they are only thoughtlessly parroting words from the 11th edition of the Orwellian Newspeak Dictionary in the making! Convince People of Absurdities and get them Acquiescing to Atrocities: The Enduring Power of Machiavellian Political Science ( )!

It is my earnest hope, as an ordinary justice activist at Project, that the Iranians living in America might head-on address this rapid percolation of ‘Uncle Toms’ among their own Diasporan peoples first before trying to bring the white man’s burden to their beleaguered but beloved Iran. For, the Persians can no more deny this phenomenon among them than they can deny their own political and economic disaffection which is being diabolically harnessed to destroy them as a people and as a civilization. Much like Iraq has been laid to waste! A civilization as rich and as wise as the Persians, one which has seen all the vicissitudes of power and its would-be conquerers – and outlived them all – does not need to carry the white man’s burden. Nor does it need to seek out the white man’s prescription to teach them self-governance.

I pray that the foolish Negro Iranians realize before it is too late, that when they chant their “Azadi” mantra to the beat of the Mad Hatter’s war-drums, they are only helping the United States’ financial elites in their private war-mongering agenda on Iran. If the tables are turned, these Azadi harbingers may well be tried for treason against their own people. And minimally, be condemned by their own progeny for their pathetic co-option. A civilization which is measured in millennia, has a very long memory.

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The author, an ordinary researcher and writer on contemporary geopolitics, a minor justice activist, grew up in Pakistan, studied EECS at MIT, engineered for a while in high-tech Silicon Valley (patents here), and retired early to pursue other responsible interests. His maiden 2003 book was rejected by six publishers and can be read on the web at He may be reached at Verbatim reproduction license at


Iranian Expatriates in America – The New ‘House Negroes'(?) By Zahir Ebrahim February 09, 2010