". . . 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, July 21, 2009

The Arrest Of Black Harvard Professor, Louis Henry Gates

You know what is the most heinous and frightening about this arrest?

This is what They are going to be doing, and have been doing in various other ways, to all intellectuals who don't toe the neocon fascist line.

This could so very easily be you or me after talking back to an illegal and unwarrented intrusion into our personal lives and space by cops. Except I, at least, am not a black man. But Gates has health problems. He's frail. He needs a cane to walk, and they handcuffed him FIRST behind his back. I too have all these problems that Gates has. He had just returned from China -- right off the plane. He was sick with a very bad cold. Imagine what would happen to me, without Gates' access to every Harvard University support there is. This has become a global incident, serving to show the world what this nation does to black men even with a black POTUS.

Thanks bush&cheney you freakin' assholes. May the Order of Our Holy Lady Guillotine drop down.

There were other reasons They arrested him. #1 -- Even if you are a big deal intellectual known all over the world, to usthe cops, you're just another nigger. #2 -- This is what we can do to anybody, even you blondie white libural asses if we want to.

AmeriKa wake up. This is what we're in.

Gates isn't the first black or white absolutely innocent person to have their personal space and home invaded and destroyed -- and even their lives destroyed -- by illegal search and seizure. The drug war you all. With no apology, no recompense.

This is our past, our present and it's going to get worse every damned week.

Unless WE do something about it.

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