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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

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Abel Meeropol

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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.

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)

(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.


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Caroline Jelley

The pain in her eyes and her voice. You can see it at the end, she doesn't want applause for performing this song, she wants justice.


@khriseagle are we living in the same world? Growing up in a predominantly white area, I was always taught “white people bad”. People realize the atrocities that were done, and they shove it in our faces and blame modern day folk who had nothing to do with it more than anything.

Angel !!

They were So Afraid of this Song


@Seneca’s Adoptive Son Two black men were murdered in 1928 in my hometown and their bodies were dragged through black neighborhoods for several hours then hanged from a tree after they were both shot. Another was shot at the courthouse in front of dozens of people AND the sheriff and the killer was never even addressed. My town didnt get over it. They just didnt teach us about it. Their names were Lamar Smith, Stanley Bearden, and James Bearden. Stanley and Bearden were shot, dragged, and hanged over a $6 debt. Lamar was killed because he was protesting for the right to vote for black people in 1958


@Seneca’s Adoptive Son Youre comparing one lynching in New Orleans to hundreds of lynchings across the country. The Hanging of Gainesville had 41 men hanged and only a few of them had a trial or hearing, none of them black either. It still has absolutely nothing to do with the lynching of black people

Red Pilled Israelites

Shw died that Same year. Of cirrhosis of the liver alcohol and drugs.

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Princess Toonchy

You can see the pain & tears in her eyes as she sings “strange fruit”. Who else’s heart is heavy hearing this song.

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Katrina Lewis

Meee and it’s sad to see this 🥺

Anthony Brandon

@Nathan Bond tree

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