By Paulette Nardal
Key textual content by no means prior to in English by means of vital determine of the Negritude movement.
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All of this creates an atmosphere of mistrust, a tension of the spirits, which will require exhaling at the end of this period of uncertainty. If, internationally speaking, the role of women is to strive in favor of upholding of peace, locally speaking, an immediate task is upon them. Faithful to their feminine vocation, they must be able to endeavor to maintain the electoral debates within the limits of civility. Instead of increasing men’s passions with their own agitation, they will endeavor to exercise a calming inﬂuence in their respective milieus.
Divine charity does not need to be defended. Its countless deeds speak for themselves. No social work. Then what? Must we allow children to be born into deplorable hygienic conditions? Must we deprive them of clothing; shut our eyes in the face of urgent social wrongs while waiting for the establishment of an era of social justice in Martinique? The most ﬁery declarations bring nothing more than palliatives, and have never transformed sordid rags into decent clothing. The charity that is a form of social justice was perfectly adapted to the preindustrial age.
Le but que nous poursuivons est l’éducation sociale des femmes appuyée sur des œuvres immédiates. Le bien que nous entendons faire s’applique à la population dans son ensemble, sans aucune préoccupation d’ordre politique ou confessionnel. Que l’on relise attentivement notre programme et l’on verra qu’il peut s’adapter, dans sa partie purement sociale et constructive, au programme de n’importe lequel des partis en présence aux Antilles. Car les œuvres qu’il préconise sont essentiellement d’utilité publique.