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Aussi éloignées de l’égoïsme imperméable à la pitié sociale que la démagogie—qui est d’ailleurs une forme hypocrite de l’égoïsme—nous transposons dans des œuvres immédiates l’ardent désir de justice sociale qui nous anime. Parallèlement nous poursuivons notre éducation sociale afin de nous préparer à mieux la servir, cette justice, dans l’ordre législatif. Entre les phrases sonores et vides et les réalisations immédiates de celles qui se sont humblement mises à la tâche, il est facile de choisir.

La Martinique, qui subit si douloureusement les contre-coups de l’incertitude matérielle et morale qui règne dans la MèrePatrie, doit tirer de ces graves événements une leçon de sagesse. Les luttes intestines, l’appel à la violence et à la haine, s’ils procurent d’indéniables mais précaires succès, n’aboutissent jamais qu’à nous mettre en face de l’éternelle nécessité du travail. Si le peuple martiniquais veut s’épargner une effroyable dégradation, qu’il abandonne la conception à la fois enfantine, fantaisiste et déplorable de la vie matérielle qui a été jusqu’ici la sienne.

Note 1. Despite Nardal’s genuine concerns about poor and working-class Martinican women evidenced in her contributions to the journal, her own class position and the organization’s primarily middle-class constituency inform an oftentimes paternalistic top down elitism. 2 Setting the Record Straight (February 1945) Despite her best efforts to quell men’s resistance to women’s acquiring the vote and the organization’s overwrought claims to doing only social work, the Women’s Assembly has been charged with having political ambitions.

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