". . . 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

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Bomb-Bomb-Bomb Iran Guy Is Going To New Orleans

He's proud to be endorsed by Pastor John Hagee -- From Wiki:

[ "On the September 18, 2006, edition of National Public Radio's Fresh Air, Hagee said Hurricane Katrina was an act of God, punishing New Orleans for "a level of sin that was offensive to God." He referred to a "homosexual parade" held on the date the hurricane struck and this was proof "of the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans." [2], even though the Southern Decadence parade was scheduled for the following week and the primary gay neighborhoods, the French Quarter and the Marigny, were spared the flooding and destruction. Another reason for God's wrath, Hagee claims, was the Bush administration's pressure on Israel to abandon settlements and the associated land. Therefore, God took American land in a "tit for tat" exchange." ]

Hagee's also deeply anti--Catholic as well as anti just about anything else a sane person would never be anti. He also believes in bombing Iran.

So this guy is proud to be endorsed by Hagee, and is going to woo New Orleanians. That's damned insulting, if you ask me.


Frank Partisan said...

Bottom line: McCain has nothing Maverick to present.

OT: I found this about Aime Cesaire. In terms of his time and place, his writing is important. I think CLR James explained colonial struggle best of the writers in that tradition. It was bothering me, how hard I was at the last post.

You must see The Visitor.

Foxessa said...

I think his work remains important now.

The taking away of the body's own autonomy, of the enslaved, the colonized, is fundamental to any analysis of oppression systems, as it is fundamental to establishment and maintenance of the system.

This is what all women have experienced throughout history.

Among other important elements of the work of Césaire and his colleagues is the 'masking,' of what they were doing as folkloric studies. Persistence of culture and identity are the platform from which spring all independence movement, political or spiritual. So many slave religions were syncretized as Catholic, employing the Church as their mask, behind which they maintained their forbidden identities.

Love, C.

Foxessa said...

P.S. You noticed that the article you've linked to on Césaire was written by the same person Goodman interviewed in my previous entry?

Love, C.