". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Thursday, September 6, 2007


Just that too, missing in action.

There's been lots of action, here in la casa de Fox and Vaquero, in the City, in the nation and the world, and, evidently, when it comes to cyber space for Fox, Elsewhere, these last weeks. A great deal of worthwhile discussion in Fox's Elsewhere re the Atlantic slave trade, the persistence of culture, culture's generational transmission and the role cultural identity plays in resistence politics -- and, um, what do White People currently have as culture that could persist and become resistence, as has African diaspora culture throughout the New World? It was a long and exciting discussion, and Fox was bushy-tailed pleased, right down to her paw claws, that she'd provoked such a thing.

Additionally, this could be useful if certain developments come through starting next year, and she'd actually, have to, you know TEACH some courses in a university. Fox isn't big on teaching, but she probably can do it. She did it once, and her students were the best of the semester, every semester.

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