Martinique / 1947
Translated from original French. Aime Césaire was born in the tiny Caribbean island of Martinique in 1913. His poetry and teachings described the colonized conditions of Black people across the diaspora. He is one of the creators of négritude, an assertive, radical and unifying concept of Black pride created by Black people living under harsh colonialism in French colonies in Africa and the Caribbean. By proclaiming, "Put up with me. I won't put up with you!," Mr. Césaire boldly asserted his humanity and dignity to French colonizers who saw him and his people as pure commodities. This radical demand offers a refreshing shift in the paradigm of power between the colonizer and the colonized.