Discourse on Colonialism by Aime Cesaire, Robin D.G. Kelley

By Aime Cesaire, Robin D.G. Kelley

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At that time you were not aware, for example, of developments along the same lines in Haiti, centered around La Revue indigene called Le Cri des negres. : I believe that Haitians like Dr. Saj ous, Jacques Roumain, and Jean Price-Mars collaborated on that newspaper. Therewere also and Jean Price-Mars's book, Aimi parla l'onde. A. : No, it was only later that I discovered the Haitian movement and Price-Mars's famous book. : How would you describe your encounter with Senghor, the attack against the French presence in our country, but our first encounter between Antillean Negritude and African Negritude?

Was the situation: there were things to tell the world. We were not dazzled by European civilization. : I also remember the Negro Anthology of Blaise Cendrars. : It was a book devoted to the oral literature of African Negroes. third issue of the art journal Action, European civilization but we thought that Africa could make a I can also remember contribution to Europe. It was also an affirmation of our solidar­ which had a number of articles by the artistic vanguard of that ity. That's the way it was: I have always recognized that what was time on African masks, sculptures, and other art objects.

In other words, it was a process of disalienation. : Yes, a process of disalienation, that's how I interpreted surrealism. : or with the French leftists. But it was always a process of assimi­ lation. : At bottom what separated you from the Communist Martinican students at that time was the Negro question. : Yes, the Negro question. At that time I criticized the Commu­ nists for forgetting our Negro characteristics. They acted like Absolutely. Communists, which was all right, but they acted like abstract A plunge into the depths.

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