The song Strange Fruit, and lynching in America

My near-relative Arnold linked to several versions of Strange Fruit, including one by Billie Holiday,

strange.fruitI groaned when an an Austin, TX public relations firm used “Strange Fruit” as part of its name before changing it last year. The headline said that “some say” was was “racially insensitive.” I’d say so.

As the Wikipedia notes, the song Strange Fruit “protested American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans.”

The Equal Justice Institute (EJI) released a report in February 2015 about lynching in the United States between 1877 to 1950. Continue reading “The song Strange Fruit, and lynching in America”