[Blackstudies-l] Memorial ACTe: in the words of Jean-Luc Mélenchon

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ivetteromero posted: " The following was written by French Socialist
politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon (on 25 December 2016) after his visit
to Memorial ACTe when he traveled to overseas territories Guadeloupe and
Martinique. My favorite segment from the passage is: “Slavery was "
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*The following was written by French Socialist politician Jean-Luc
Mélenchon (on 25 December 2016) after his visit to Memorial ACTe
<https://repeatingislands.com/2015/05/10/france-honors-memory-of-slaves-in-caribbean-museum/>
when he traveled to overseas territories Guadeloupe and Martinique. My
favorite segment from the passage is: “Slavery was not a peripheral
phenomenon, but rather the economic heart of a specific period of
globalization and capital accumulation. Colonial capitalism is a system
rooted in the suffering, violence and denial of the humanity of the
dominated.” Follow up on these excerpts by accessing the full text (in
French) on Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s blog, L’Ère du people (also the title of
one of his books):*

[image: ere-du-peuple-poche]

I came to the West Indies not to “discover” or pretend to hear “everyone,”
in the ridiculous tradition of this type of trip. I have already visited
the Caribbean several times, on personal trips and also as a minister. [. .
.] This time, I was just embarking on the discussion process of the booklet
that the “disobedient France” [reference to the publication *Livrets de la
France insoumise <https://avenirencommun.fr/livret-outre-mer/>*, which
translates roughly as “pamphlets of the disobedient (or unruly) France”]
brings to the conversation on policies to be carried out in these
territories, which is very much in line with the overall plan of the
program *L’Avenir en commun* [The Future in Common]. For me, it is crucial
that this program remains an open, evolving process throughout the campaign.

[. . .] This is why the West Indies can be a vanguard and pilot site for
the new economic model that we propose. But above all, I have been able to
see closely how the *opposing *model works: mass unemployment, generalized
“junk food,” pollution galore, and waste of natural resources; and poor
living conditions [*la malvie*]: here without water, there without
transport, and everywhere, everything is very expensive. Not only
expensive, but very, very, expensive! I have already begun to personally
reprocess the working document that we discussed. But now I want to speak
about something else: about a burn I received there.

The Memorial ACTe [on slavery] that I visited in Guadeloupe still haunts
me. Since that visit, I have read a few pages every day from the superb
book that was given to me. So many things have been set in motion in my
mind! The ideas that my brain had stored, and all the events in which I had
previously participated, had not really pierced my skin. I think about the
inauguration of a statue of Toussaint Louverture, which I had installed as
deputy mayor of culture in my town of Massy, on a spot next to the market
place. Then, [I think about] the first day of the commemoration of the end
of slavery in the Luxembourg Gardens, in the week of the transition of
power between Chirac and Sarkozy. Maryse Condé was sitting in a small
armchair and Christiane Taubira doted on her with care. But the speeches [*la
parole*] remained masculine and tragically distant. [. . .]

Slavery was not a peripheral phenomenon, but rather the economic heart of a
specific period of globalization and capital accumulation. Colonial
capitalism is a system rooted in the suffering, violence and denial of the
humanity of the dominated. The powerful passed from this system to the one
we now have right under our eyes, just like we change shoes. The logic
remains the same: to secure human labor at a despicably low rate, to
produce “cheaper” merchandise obtained for export at the expense of all
other considerations or productions. What the slave and the “uberized” [
*l’uberisé*] worker have in common is that they are workers without rights
for those who exploit them without any contractual obligation. But this
recent rapprochement does not make me lose sight of what remains as the
most striking, something that continues to upset me as I type these
sentences.

The most traumatic element for me, as a philanthropist, is the
understanding (which one should take up with oneself) of the enigma of the
duration of the crime that has been committed and perpetuated for several
centuries. As a result, on this trip to the Caribbean, a fact of knowledge
became a fact of [my] personal existence. It became engraved [he uses
*incrusté*, literally “inlaid”] in me. The memorial tends to carry out this
operation on its visitors. And it does not come without pain. [. . .]

For full post, see http://melenchon.fr/2016/12/25/memorial-acte-formidable-
machine-a-incruster/

See more on *Les livrets de la France insoumise* at
https://avenirencommun.fr/livrets-thematiques/

You can download a PDF file in a link found here: https://avenirencommun.fr/
livret-outre-mer/
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