Selma to Tehran


I keep waiting for somebody — a blogger, a tv talking head, whatever — to remark on the tremendous similarity between the protests in Tehran and civil rights marches, here.  I’m struck by it every single time I see a snippet of video that’s managed to sneak out of Iran.

The Iranian protesters march in silence, or chant “Allah O Akbar,” “God is great.”  Dr. King’s marchers marched in silence, or sang hymns.

No political slogans.  No angry shouts.  No bullhorned demands.  Just simple dignity and immovable presence.  A quiet, constant reminder of injustice.

Maybe somebody has made the comparison and I just missed it.  Still, I’m stunned it’s not the ubiquitous first thing out of every commentator’s mouth.

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