Quotation by Jacques Roumain

What are we? Well, if you are asking me a question, I will answer you. Here it is: we are this country and it is nothing without us, nothing at all.... And in spite of all this, we are poor, it is true; we are indigent, that's true; we are miserable, that's true too. But, brother, do you know why? Because of our ignorance: we do not yet know that we are a force, a unified force—all of us, the peasants, the Negroes of the plains and of the mountains put together. One day, we will have understood this fact, and we will rise from one end of the country to another, and we will form the general assembly of the masters of the dew, the great coumbite of the workers of the earth to clear away misery and plant a new life.
Jacques Roumain (1907–1945), Haitian author, ethnologist, political activist. Repr. Éditions Messidor (1992). Manuel in Masters of the Dew, p. 69, Les Éditeurs Français Réunis (1946).

Coumbite: collaborative work by Haitian peasants.
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