". . . 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, September 27, 2011


They got on a woman who,from John Jay College for Criminal Justice (justice, her? hah!), who sounded as though she was one of the torturers employed during Pinochet's "Dirty War" in Argentina, is supposedly an expert in violence. She blithely scolds us for our ignorance and over-reaction. The cops didn't do anything wrong pepper spraying those women, she instructs us. The problem is, she says, that violence isn't pretty so when we who aren't used to violence see those women who are confined in an orange net and then deliberately sprayed by cop, it's our problem because we don't like to see the non-prettiness of violence. But there wasn't a thing wrong done by the cops, you know. The young women got what they had to expect to get BY THEIR VIOLENCE FOR MARCHING PEACEFULLY.

You should probably be able to hear it here:

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