". . . 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

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Very Disappointed, But Not Surprised

You all heard Sec of State Clinton's economic growth advice dispensed to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, right? Get yourselves sweatshops.

As if, um, Clinton hadn't heard ... the DR and Haiti already did that, and the sweat shops already long ago departed for parts even cheaper, meaning outright slave labor in U.S. territory - islands of the Pacific, and China.

Get thee some history, OK? Or at least some information.

In the meantime Obama shows himself as ignorant of Latin America as we know him to be. He's also in denial of history: when instructed in the two hundred years of U.S. corporate colonialsim and interference and exploitation of this region, he airly dismissed it as 'your point of view.' Blech.

It is also so demeaning -- and expressive of the U.S. treatment and attitude toward the Caribbean and Latin America, that Cuba is a primary subject of discussion, yet Cuba isn't even allowed by the U.S. to be there on her own behalf. Infuriating ignorant tacky behavior. So like U.S.


Renegade Eye said...

Good post.

Obama is the new voice of imperialism. That's his role.

He could easily change the US position towards Cuba fundamentally if he desired. Overall the Cuban gusano community is divided, with the extremists being grandparents.

I put up on my blog the Slumdog story.

Foxessa said...

I didn't know if you had seen that story of the little girl's disgusting father and family, but wanted to be sure you did, because it seemed to me that you would find it significant.

Love, C.