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Sun Mar 21, 2021, 02:02 PM

"Strange Fruit," Billie Holiday's "anthem of resistance."

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This is a moving article, apt at any time in our country. In 1999, Time Magazine named "Strange Fruit" song of the century. [Edit: My apologies for forgetting the link the first time.]

Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swingin' in the Southern breeze
Strange fruit hangin' from the poplar trees

The haunting delivery by Holiday would forever be engraved on the souls of those who heard it.

>snip

Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for the tree to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop

[link:https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/3/21/2021130/-As-long-as-white-supremacy-endures-Billie-Holiday-s-Strange-Fruit-will-be-an-anthem-of-resistance|

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Sun Mar 21, 2021, 02:09 PM

1. written by Abel Meeropol

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 02:12 PM

2. You beat me to it.

Meeropol adopted Micheal and Robert Rosenberg after their parents were executed.

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Sun Mar 21, 2021, 02:17 PM

3. Meeropol was a communist and sympathetic to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

[1] Later, he and his wife Anne adopted the Rosenbergs' two sons, Michael and Robert, who were orphaned after their parents' executions for espionage. Michael and Robert took the surname Meeropol.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abel_Meeropol

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Sun Mar 21, 2021, 02:39 PM

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