". . . 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, August 16, 2011

Wendell Pierce Speaks to the Era of *The Help*

For those who aren't fans of The Wire or of Treme, Wendell Pierce is an actor whose roles on both those HBO series is central to the arcs. His family is New Orleans, where he was born and grew up, and his family is still there, no doubt with much help from him.  He's very active in other ways as well in various Post the Flood recovery initiatives, with his time and personal involvement, as well as funding.

He watched The Help in the company of his mother, who did work as a maid for some time during that Jim Crow intersection of the Civil Rights era.

Here are some tweets Wendell made about it. An example:

I never knew my mother had raised white children until we saw this movie.I was shocked.She was hurt by the film.She thought it was an insult.

Tweet responses posted to Pierce's are included, some of which are -- duh -- stupid.

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