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      ‎”The term ‘Negritude’ was coined by Césaire in his Cahier d’un retour au pays natal (1939) and it means, in his words, ‘the simple recognition of the fact that one is black, the acceptance of this fact and of our destiny as blacks, of our history and culture.’ … Negritude was truly an international movement–drawing inspiration from the flowering of African-American culture brought about by the writers and thinkers of the Harlem Renaissance while asserting its place in the canon of French literature, glorifying the traditions of the African continent, and attracting participants in the colonized countries of the Caribbean, North Africa, and Latin America…The movement would later find a major critic in Wole Soyinka, the Nigerian playwright and poet, who believed that a deliberate and outspoken pride in their color placed black people continually on the defensive, saying notably ‘Un tigre ne proclâme pas sa tigritude, il saute sur sa proie,’ or ‘A tiger doesn’t proclaim its tigerness; it jumps on its prey.'” What are your thoughts about Soyinka’s critique of Negritude?

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