". . . 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

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New Orleans - Failure of the Levees

In NO this week there's a drinking game. Every time you hear the word "resilience" take one.

Politicians and pundits -- eff u.

Or maybe you should drive the Gulf Coast and do some compare and contrast with the state of the homes of the poor there and the state of the FEMA funded rebuild of the casinos and the -- lordessa save us! -- the "presidential library" of that traitor, Jefferson Davis.

Then talk about your resilience.

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