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Strange Fruit
Billie Holiday Lyrics


Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees

Pastoral scene of the gallant South
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolia, sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh

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

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Shannon MO

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
Pastoral scene of the gallant South
The bulgin' eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burnin' flesh
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



Keziah Osei-Agyemang

@Nathan Holmes To start, the original commenter (is that the word?) wasn't "pointing the finger at white America." He was acknowledging the meaning of this song in relation to the experiences of his own grandparents/great-grandparents who lived through lynchings and other violent racist behavior. There is nothing wrong with that and if you are honestly offended by it, I feel that you should think a bit what sort of person you are and the beliefs you hold.

Secondly, acknowledging the part that the white majority has (unwittingly or not) played in the oppression of black people up until today isn't the same as ignoring the suffering of others or believing only black people have suffered in life. White people, for the majority of human history, have been the ones in power and the ones with the power to oppress others. Not all white people have chosen to use the power they have to harm others, but unfortunately many do, and have contributed to creating the cruel, divided world we live in today.

Thirdly, in this life suffering is universal. Even then, people of color and those who suffer from economic inequality (the former is usually the latter) are more likely to be discriminated against and denied the opportunities freely given to their lighter-skinned, European counterparts simply because of the skin they were born. White people on the other hand are more likely to have a stable economic situation, graduate college, have a well-paying job, start a stable family with both parents present, etc.

This isn't to say that hardworking Americans (who happen to be born white) don't work every day for what they earned and the life they have, but rather that if they had been born black, or latino, etc. they would've likely had to work twice as hard for half the pay and recognition.

To repeat what I said above, suffering is universal. The degree of that suffering varies. The truth of the matter is that white people suffer, but black people and other minorities are likely to suffer more.

While I do agree with you that not all violence that hurts black people is necessarily racial injustice and that committing crimes leads to conflict with the police and inevitably ends in consequences, those consequences should not involve being shot to death like an animal. Criminals should be punished for their crimes according to their crimes. Stealing a joint, resisting arrest, drug possession, etc. are all bad things to do, but none of them should end with the perpetrator being shot and killed. Going to jail, paying fines, and being tried and sentenced, etc. should be the consequences. Not bleeding out on a sidewalk, dying of asphyxiation, or being put in enough pain that you're driven to tears. Implying otherwise is quite heartless and dismissive of the suffering of others.

If you actually got this far, thank you for reading this really long reply and I hope managed to communicate something of substance to you. Have an awesome day and God bless you!



92reshaun

Alma Reyes
No sweat!
if you’re familiar with the Old Testament you’ll read in the book of “Exodus” that The Most High brought a people (the Israelites) out of a 400 year slavery to the Egyptians.

These people the Egyptians had enslaved are the descendants of (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) who God promised to Abraham; he would be “their God” in “everlasting covenant.”
(Genesis 15:13) - (Genesis 17:6-7)

Isaac is Abraham’s son, Jacob is Isaac’s son. The Most High would later change the name of “Jacob” to “Israel” (Genesis 32:28)
Now, Jacob had four wives who gave him 12 sons. These twelve children are the “twelve tribes of Israel” called “Israelites.”

As the sons of Jacob grew older, they would take wives and multiply. Each one of the twelve represents a separate tribe in Israel as follows:
Judah, Benjamin, Reuben, Asher, Simeon, Levi, Gad, Dan, Issachar, Joseph, Naphtali, Zebulun.

These are all the names of the Sons of Jacob The Most High made his promise for. If you’re a descendant of one of them then you are an Israelite (Jew) and partaker of the promises.

👍🏾 Moving on..

Now, when the Israelites had become greater in number; They found their way into Egypt.. directly south west of Israel. They would frequently visit Egypt but in this case they were fleeing famine. As they made Egypt their temporary new home; they began to multiply greatly. So much so that “New” Pharaoh at the time feared their numbers; that they might one day rise up against Egypt. He would go on to treat the Israelites harshly and make them as slaves to Egypt to control them.
You can read all about the Egyptian captivity in the Book of (Exodus 1)

These were the days of captivity foretold of the seed of Abraham, regarding the promise.
The Most High would go on to intervene in this harsh slavery. Making himself known to the Israelites through his chosen prophet
“Moses” (Exodus 3).
Moses would earn the trust or “Faith” of the Israelites through great signs and wonders at the hand of God. He would plead with pharaoh saying “Let my people go” (Exodus 9:1).
But The Most High hardened the heart of Pharaoh; that he would not let them go. In doing so.. he made his power known to Israel, By punishing the inhabitants of Egypt harshly, every time pharaoh refused, with plagues.
(Exodus 7)

This would go on for a space of time until ultimately- The most high led his people out of captivity as he said he would.
- END SUMMARY.

Now, it came to pass that in the days after “Israel’s” captivity- The Most High would enter into “Everlasting Covenant” with Israel.
(Exodus 19:3-6)
The agreement was that Israel as a nation would keep the laws of God. And in return, The Most High would be their God.
This was a blood sealed covenant between The Most High and the Israelites.
(Exodus 24)

HERE’S WHERE “WE” COME IN‼️
(assuming you’re a descendant of a tribe)

In the book of “Deuteronomy” The Most High speaks to the children of Israel in warning.
To inform them that if they should not keep the laws of the covenant as agreed; certain curses will fall upon them for punishment.
(Deuteronomy 28:15)

These are no mere punishments!
It was written that these curses would be upon the children of Israel- “for a sign” throughout our generations. This is how we know who we are today. (Deuteronomy 28:46)

The list of curses can be found in (Deuteronomy 28:15-68)
All of the curses are important but some play out in different time frames. Some starting in 70 AD with the destruction of the second temple and the rest occurring in our “new” captivity.

Curse: (Deuteronomy 28-68)
68 And the Lord shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.

To “Buy” means to redeem or set free.
So no man shall recover you out of this.

Egypt: literally referred to as a place of “Slavery/Bondage”
(Exodus 20:2)
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of THE HOUSE OF BONDAGE.

So in (Deuteronomy 28:64)
The Most High says that he will scatter us into all nations. (Deuteronomy 28:68) says
“by ships” will we be scattered “again” into bondage.

(Deuteronomy 28:47-48)
47 Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;

48 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.

This is the slavery of the “Black” man and woman.
And it only matches them.

Now, you might wonder how the Native Americans are actually a part of Israel?
If so, write me back and I’ll give you that information also. This post is already long enough. The answer is in (2 Esdras 13) though.

Shalawam!



Jennuine

Southern trees bear strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees
Pastoral scene of the gallant south
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh
Here is fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop



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Casey5693

Billie Holiday was a badass. She was threatened by Harry Anslinger, the Head Of the FBI, to stop singing about lynching. She did it anyway and continued to do it no matter what the monster tried to do to ruin her life. Now, Holiday and “Strange Fruit” are still remembered. Anslinger is not. I pray one day to be as brave as Billie was.

23LBJ SupremeKing

She didn't listen to the devil

Brien

@Jeanette Dawson in the 10 commandments it doesn't say no drug use. It does however say no killing.

Paddy O'Furniture

@Eve Frac racist? trumptard? are you ok? do you need medical help?

Eve Frac

@Paddy O'Furniture you racist are always cloaked come out of the closet coward troll why are you commenting on this post anyway., get a job tumptard !!!!

Eve Frac

@Paddy O'Furniture I forgive you hope you forgive yourself before you go.

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Mary Freebed

She DIED for this song. It is almost an obligation to her to hear it.

Ladyghoster

@bubbatommy82 She was getting better in the hospital when Anslinger ordered her docs to stop all methadone and medication. That is how the FBN killed her.

Ladyghoster

@Mint Mastering She had liver disease and was forcibly taken off methadone by Anslinger's order.

bubbatommy82

Don’t twist facts. She had substance and alcohol abuse issues. She literally died from cirrhosis. How do the feds control that?

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