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Decade Since I Angered Tehran

NOTE: This resource was created before I had begun to decolonize my way of thinking, and should be read carefully. It may present beliefs or assumption that don't match what I currently believe.

Decade Since I Angered Tehran is a(n) essay

it is about emsenn, Iran, and activism

it was released on Jul 8, 2019

A decade ago today, at approximately this time of day, I was the target of a foreign-state-sponsored domestic terror attack after my location and school schedule were doxxed. The attack was to throw rocks at me from a car to dissuade me from providing logistic and technical support to protesters in their home country of Iran.

I think a lot of you know I live in one part of the States, but am from another. It's less well-known that I moved because my family was being threatened.

I moved away from my home - not to anyplace; just away, to travel the east coast for several years - away from my family, because I felt what I was doing to protect freedom was more important than that personal sense of happiness and security.

It was the only time a foreign government openly coordinated against me, but it wasn't the last time my advocacy had personal consequences. Despite receiving honors from it, our government also has concerns, and has limited my travel.

And more personally, many friends disagree with the level of conviction I have toward my beliefs, and have come to ostracize me from their communities for the perceived risk I bring.

I'm focusing on the effects it had for me because I see far too many online pundits going, “people say mean things to me in the comments, I must be doing something right!”

First off, people being mean to you is no indication you're right.

Second, if mean comments are the most strong feedback you receive on your work, and your work is in the business of radically changing a society, you're probably not very effective.

One can hardly look at the past decade of hacktivism and call it effective, yet that did not stop my consequences from being severe.

I hope this disclosure helps show any reader, or serves to remind myself, why I'm so… the way I am, about my opinions.