Four days after US policeman Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd in broad daylight, former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reached for a 2Pac lyric to contextualise events. “Pull the trigger, kill a N—, he’s a hero,” he tweeted, quoting the rapper’s 1992 track “Changes” and prompting a predictable mix of anger, outrage, manufactured outrage and amusement.
Ahmadinejad, a long-time 2Pac fan and ally of the New Black Panther Party, is peculiar to senior Iranian politicians in that he continues to cast himself as a permanent…
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