". . . 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

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Not From The Onion

Check out the website of this government agency that since 2003 has been called "u.s. customs and border protection."

U.S. Government Partners with Disney to Welcome International Visitors

Multimedia ‘Portraits of America’ to be Featured in International Arrivals Areas, U.S. Embassies and Other Venues to Welcome Visitors to the United States.

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