I love the compare-and-contrast in this Reuters story:
Iran took Washington to task on Saturday over the alleged killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer that sparked protests in the United States over racial injustice.
“Some don’t think #BlackLivesMatter,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter. “To those of us who do: it is long overdue for the entire world to wage war against racism. Time for a #WorldAgainstRacism.”
Separately, Iran’s interior minister indicated in an interview that the death toll in November street protests in Iran over fuel price hikes was below 225.
The reported toll has varied between an Amnesty International figure of over 300 and a Reuters account of 1,500 – both dismissed by the authorities.
No one tweets #IranianLivesMatter.
That said, just because Iran says America has problems with racism and police brutality doesn’t mean it isn’t true. My message to the American government would be to work toward making it harder for hostile governments to speak out against human rights abuses in the US, just as Soviet propaganda embarrassed Americans into supporting the goals of the Civil Rights Movement.
My message to the Iranian government would be: خودت را جدی بگیرید
(I love Google Translate)