Strange Fruit

Monday, May 27, 2013

Yesterday was when I first became acquainted with this heart wrenching song. When I was born we were slowly crawling out of a racist society where blacks were not treated humanely in fact their lives were at risk simply because of their skin color. When I served in the military the black women I was enlisted with were not allowed to eat at the same restaurants off base or to even drink from the water fountains. If they had to use a restroom the ones that were available were few and far between. It was vastly different for them than it was for me and I began to be embarrassed for the stupidity of those who treated them so badly. 

Touched by an Angel created an episode which addressed some of the travesties of our past; ones that mar our history and taint our present day in a way which caused Ms Holiday to take on the enormous task of singing this song routinely in her shows. It stirred up enough emotion and awakened enough people to the horrendous acts being committed that it was part of the beginnings of our much needed  civil's rights movement. 

Colette is holding a music blog hop called Music Moves me and I hope you will join her. Many songs uplift me and put a smile on my heart, but this one broke my heart and I want to applaud Lady Day for having the courage to do that. You know you have a heart when it's broke. 

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Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger May 28, 2013 at 11:28 AM  

Hi Judy--this is such a thought provoking post. I have always loved this song--and I too wonder at the ways we treat each other--

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