". . . 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

Friday, March 28, 2008

There They Go Again

"The Crazy Rev. Wright." by Ishmael Reed.

The energy with which Reed documents the wackodoodle whiteright on Wright is splendid. It's not that I, for instance, don't know any of what he lays out, and who these batsh*t fellows are, and yes, alas, some are females too, but he's got what it takes to face head-on and write out the endless list of them, what they say, who their associates are who give these spawn of satan their never-go-to-jail-or-get-nailed cards.

He begins:

[ Nothing is more uplifting than watching MSNBC's "Morning Joe," where wealthy Anglicized Irish Americans like Joe Scarborough, Chris Matthews, Tim "Little Russ" Russert and Pat Buchanan hold forth on the topic of race. During the week beginning March, 17, 2008, the talk was all about whether Barack Obama should distance himself from Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Presumably in the same manner that they distanced themselves from Don Imus. ]


Graeme said...

I'm a counterpunch freak, but I missed this piece, thanks for the link. Ben Heine, who did my profile picture, was interviewed on the site last weekend.

Foxessa said...

You might also like to see this piece by Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi, which you can find on Alternet.

He brings together Reed and Sirota's articles -- the double-punch to those racist 'squeebs.' To learn what is a squeeb, you need to read the article!

Sirota's piece is here.

Love, C.

Foxessa said...

BTW, Graeme, how/when did you meet Heine -- not that you should answer that, if it's too personal and intrusive, of course.

Love, C.

Graeme said...

I just met him online. I can't remember how I found his site, but I struck up a conversation on his blog and email (mainly about Palestine) and one day he just sent me the picture (it is based on my old profile picture, which was of me sleeping in a chair).

I've met three people "in real life" from my blog, but unfortunately Ben isn't one- yet anyway. I know Renegade Eye in real life, I met a women in Fargo, and I went to Scotland last year and met up with a guy who gave me some tips on where to visit. Each time has been a great experience.