Mispronouncing “Iran” Is Systemic Racism

Agreed, mispronouncing the names of those one wants to alienate is a small example, yet a basic trick, and needs to be extirpated. Indeed, small things can pile up considerably: in infinitesimal calculus, infinitesimals integrate into sizable effects: all modern science rests on this, integrating infinitesimals. Systemic racism is sneaky, as all neuro-emotional systems are. Even the way things are said has an influence on emotions, thus moods.

I had a little fight with my daughter, who goes to US public school, about the pronunciation of the word “Iran”. She insisted that I mispronounced the word, when actually she was the one who learned the wrong pronunciation, from the crazed imperialists. You see I have lived in Iran a bit, just before the maniacs crazed with dog, I mean, god, took control. In particular I climbed, among other things, Damavand, the highest point (endowed with half a dozen glaciers then). Mispronunciation of others is a way to humiliate and alienate them, and to force them to accept their misshapen and antagonized status, as part of their submission.

One way US white supremacist Anglo-Saxon express their mental imperialism by destroying the way their subjects use words. A classical case is the word “Iran”. Irān[ʔiːˈɾɒːn] (listen)). The French pronounce it correctly. But the WASPS (White Anglo Saxon Protestant Sadists) insist to pronounce it: AYE-rant: a rant that causes pain… Iran, pronounced in a racist way, that is mispronounced is a pain followed by a rant. The AYE sound is associated to pain in most languages… although, there again, the WASPS learned something else, involving a seriously more clenched jaw (ouch!), apparently from… German….

Now this is systematic. Systematic word salad and word disparaging and mangling, to convey emotional contempt. However in California if one insisted to pronounced Spanish names (which are all over) in a WASPS way, that would sound deranged…. and confusing. Imagine Santa Rosa pronounced “saytay rosay” and San Jose “sayn josi”… Now, granted, all this is not racism, but just lack of education masquerading as deliberate word kneading. As when President George Bush would invade “Aye-rack” because of “nukular” weapons.


Now of course, the theocratic regime in Iran is in violation of much of the United Nation law (hence of US and European law, as UN law is in theory US and European law… Also Iranian law). But that’s a different subject. The inception of the Iranian terror theocracy was actually the CIA, who weaponize the Shiite against PM Mossadegh in the early 1950s: British and then US policy was to weaponize Islam, which is a stridently bellicose religion in most of its sects, against secular democrats in the Middle East. When one wants to exploit people, nothing like persuading them to follow an irrational superstition: Roman emperors launched that strategy, just around the time when they launched Christianism.

Yes I climbed that one too. Highest point of Iran, Damavand from the north (Tehran is in direct sight of the top of the volcano, south east of it). Once more than half a dozen glaciers, someday soon, probably none. The region between Damavand and the Caspian sea is endowed with a magnificent granitic range as high as the Alps, and, north of it, with a magnificent temperate primary forest (I ran through it, it had leopards and Brown Bears, and in historical times, tigers. I had an oral fight with a bear there (the bears are dangerous there because they are alienated from people with whom they have very aggressive relations as they attack domestic herds…)

Emotional tricks to subvert thinking into aggression is of course not specific to WASPS. It is probably as old as the spoken grunt. And there are more general semantic trick.

Dar al-Harb (Arabic: دار الحرب‎ “House of War”). Dar al-Harb is the expression classically referring to those countries which do not have a treaty of nonaggression or peace with Muslims (those that do are called Dar al-‘Ahd or Dar al-Sulh).[12] “The land (or domain) of war”: isn’t that pejorative or at least leading to a feeling of alienation? This is a term used to describe those territories held to be at war with Islam. For many this means any territory which is not in dar al-islam and includes the entire ‘West’ including the USA, Western Europe, the UK.

According to Majid Khadduri, the fundamental distinction between Dar al-Islam, the “House of Islam” the and Dar al-Harb was introduced after the crushing and devastating defeat of the Umayyad Caliphate by the Franks, at the Battle of Tours in 732 CE. This was the first serious defeat of the Muslim on LAND (Constantinople had crushed them at sea twice, thanks to Grecian Fire… so the Muslim strategists decided to go around). That defeat prevented the expansion of Islam to the north, while at the same time the expansion of the caliphate to the east had been halted. Soon after the Caliphate fell, and was replaced by the Abbasids, nominally Arab, really Iranian.

Verily, we have to be careful how we pronounce words, and which words we use, lest we want to be biased, and aggressively so…

Patrice Ayme

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9 Responses to “Mispronouncing “Iran” Is Systemic Racism”

  1. ianmillerblog Says:

    Interesting looking crop in the foreground of your picture, Patrice.

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  2. De Brunet d'Ambiallet Says:

    Is your sweet daughter becoming Americanized? The pull of America!


  3. Patrice Ayme Says:

    Don Kemerling
    It’s only systematic if officials, including teachers, teach or require the pronunciation incorrectly. People can pronounce incorrectly because of ignorance, which is not racism.
    When I did a radio show, at the run up to the Iraq war, I was advocating against the war. A caller called in to announce he believed in waging the war, but got the country wrong. He was ready to fight Iran. He didn’t pronounce it correctly either, but like Bush 43 he was ready to wage war on the wrong country.


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Congrats for being against the war, Don, that required enormous courage. Is unconscious racism, racist? Certainly not making even the effort of knowing how a country’s name is pronounced, but then supposing one knows it enough to be ready to wage war against it expresses a certain murderous contempt for a population that should be called racism, and lethal racism at that.


  4. Chris Snuggs Says:

    IRAN? The Truth?

    IRAN is a hideous ISLAMIC fascist, lunatic and fundamentalist dictatorship based on the delusional ravings of a narcissistic, pedophile, misogynist, homophobic, anti-Semitic and slave-owning mass-murderer. NOTHING ONE SAYS about such a regime can be ANY kind of CRIME. “ISLAM is Satan’s Curse Upon Humanity”, and Iran is one of Satan’s chief warriors.


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      I do not violently disagree, far from it, with you. The nature of the Iranian dictatorship is a different question from that particular essay. Iranian theocrats admitted themselves in 2021 that they were submitted to their own fanatical part of their military. Multiply regimes like that, and one gets world war.


  5. Chris Snuggs Says:

    OMG, what BS. “A rose is a rose by any other sound.” FGS join the world of Reason.


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