Quotation by Jacques Roumain

I respect the ways of old folks, but the blood of a rooster or a goat cannot turn the seasons, change the course of the clouds and fill them up with water like bladders. The other night, at the ceremony for Legba, I danced and sang my fill: I am a black man, no? and I enjoyed it like a true Negro should. When the drums beat, I feel it in the pit of my stomach, I feel the itch in my hips and up and down my legs, I have got to join the party. But that is all.
Jacques Roumain (1907–1945), Haitian author, ethnologist, political activist. Repr. Éditions Messidor (1992). Manuel in Masters of the Dew, p. 83, Les Éditeurs Français Réunis (1946).

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