". . . 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, January 22, 2010

Hope For Haiti Televised Benefit Concert Tonight

The three city concert will be broadcast tonight, at 8 EST.

It will be internet broadcast also.

We're off to view it with some Haitian friends.

Love, c.

1 comment:

Foxessa said...

Only two Haitians performed, which was another slap in the face of Haiti. One, Evangeline, did a Jimmy Cliff song (Jamaican) in the style of African American gospel. The other, Wyclyff Jean, well, there are many, many far better Haitian music stars out there, even right at home in Miami. But we didn't see them.

We saw a very few artists of color at all.

And it was all -- except for Sting, Madonna, and Wyclyff at the very end -- the reason I stopped listening to white music so long ago -- joyless, non-rhythmic, dirge, despair and slit your wrists time.

Not a bit of the incredible vitality and sustainment their music is to Haitians. And again, Haitians infantilized and portrayed only as poor helpless victims who need Big White Supermen to save them.

OTOH, as one houngan said, "I hope this means though that Haiti is finally on the map of U.S. consciousness and of the world, that we don't just go away again in another few weeks."

He also noted that the thousands he's sent to Haitians won't get that tax write off which obama gave those who donated last night at this media event for media personalities. It was set up to get you donating to the Big Guys, and I will never trust the Red Cross again after what they did with funds for New Orleans. Anyway, those who donated get a tax write-off on their 2009 taxes. But what about people like us and our friends who have sent money we really don't have directly down to Haitians? We don't get a tax write off. I know certainly that the Haitian communities here have sent millions. But it goes directly, helping their families RIGHT THIS MINUTE to eat and drink and have clothes.

Disaster porn, disaster media, disaster bull shit. I feel it preys on all of us who want to help -- and we do like helping -- as much as it does on those who are suffering the disaster, and will be for so long. Many will require surgery after surgery to become whole, and that's just for starters.

So many. So many.

And the children being grabbed 'for their better good' by so many, with no way to track them, when their family members are found.

Love, C.