". . . 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

Monday, August 29, 2011

Today, August 29th, The Failure of the Levees Does Not Stop

Today is the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Tonight at 7 p.m. at New Orleans's Duncan Plaza, across from City Hall, there will be "A Candlelight Rally of Remembrance and Resilience to Honor Pre-Katrina New Orleans Public School Employees," commemorating the only mass firing of an entire public school workforce in the nation's history.

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