". . . 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, February 3, 2010

Update -- Our Friend's Little Girl

MZ just called from Haiti, near the Dominican Republic border.

The little girl safe, but she will not be allowed out of Haiti for any reason, with anyone, not even her own, proven mother. Period. MZ's coming home.

He couldn't even get to Port-au-Prince. There are U.S. soldiers EVERYWHERE. They're not doing anything except looming. So MZ asked them why they were there. The answer: "We're here to make somebody else isn't."

Did they mean Aristide? Cubans? Venezuelans? Haitian Americans looking to help and bury their relatives? Obviously they don't mean U.S. mormons, evangelicals or baptists.  They're allowed everywhere.


Graeme said...

What a heartbreaking situation.

I hope all is well. It sounds like you are busy.

Foxessa said...

Today is the Haiti Teach In at Baruch.

Vaquero has a presentation that pulls no punches, particularly for CNN and Jon Anderson, U.S. Action Hero, in tight tee shirt!

The media is beyond shameful in their 'construction' of the 'story.'

Love, C.