I recently found a photojournal piece here with 9 heartwarming pictures of Afro-Iranian children. With an Afro-Iranian son, I was interested to see that in the southern region of Iran, these two cultures cohabitate harmoniously. Both Iran and Africa have long, rich history and culture, both that I look forward to sharing with my own son.
The more one knows of their history, the higher their consciousness is. Knowing that Africans have existed in Persia since the ninth century, it is only natural to want to unearth the truth. And that is what we are seeking: the history of the Afro-Iranians which is a neglected racial minority but a group that exists nonetheless.
And I want my son to be proud of his African roots and his Iranian roots, too. That is why I purchased a shirt for him that boldly had AFRICA written across it, and then purchased a few Iranian ones, on second thought. One with the Iranian flag, and one with Zarathustra and a beautiful gold lion. It reminds both of us that no matter what you are, to be proud.