". . . 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, December 30, 2020

It Strikes Where, As It Will; All Are At Risk

Our niece in AZ has just died of Covid-19.  A med student, working to save the lives of the AZ assholes who refuse masks and isolation due to their lirbbbty.

There are no words.  Her parents O her parents.  Both of them doctors, retired now, and owning a gallery of Native American Art.  On Sister-in-law's side, the men in her family have been doctors for several generations.  SIL was the first of "the women" to go to medical school too.  SIL was so proud her daughter was doing the same.

All along in this catastrophe they've been working their asses off keeping the gallery alive so their 20 + employees and their artists would still have income.

There are no words to describe what they are going through.

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