". . . 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, July 24, 2009

Being a Cop Means You Never Have to Say You're Sorry

Cop says he will not apologize, because he did the right thing in telling Gates to shut up, dangling handcuffs in his face as warning of what he'd get.

Nor does it matter how often this kind of cop-out-control overreaction takes place every day.

However, the POTUS has to say he's sorry to a cop.

It's now official. Getting angry with a cop no matter what he does is a prosecurial crime, no matter who you are.

In the case of GatesGate the victim was a 4 in 1: elderly, disabled, a poc and an intellectual.

1 comment:

Foxessa said...

My distress continues to grow as it seems among the white people I know those who don't have friends of color, who don't spend any, much less much time with people of color in conditions that don't have hierarchy such as a job involved, insist that the primary fault here is with Gates and give the cop a free pass.

This is in stark contrast with those who have many friends among poc and spend significant time among poc in which hierarchies are not in play, such as employment etc.

Love, C.