Tulsa, Wilmington and Strange Fruit

I will repeat what I posted on Brosephus’ site just to add Billie Holiday’s painful lyrics here. Tulsa, Wilmington (NC), and other cities saw brutal racism to eradicate successful Blacks. Their success posed a threat to a racist narrative espoused by White extremists and even many mainstream Whites.

One hundred years ago in Tulsa, financially successful Blacks were eradicated and robbed by zealous Whites armed with a false story. In Wilmington, the Blacks were duly elected and Whites staged a coup to remove them.

But, then there is what happened on a daily basis in the Jim Crow south captured by Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” written by Alan Lewis.

“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”

8 thoughts on “Tulsa, Wilmington and Strange Fruit

  1. It’s so disturbing to watch what is being allowed to happen Keith. It’s like stepping back fifty years into the racist south. The once proud GOP, party of Eisenhower and Reagan, has sunk to the depths of Trumpism and white supremacy and the Rep. senate and half of the white population is paving the way to overthrow our democracy for a sick criminal dictator.

    • Holly, it is sad. The plan is actually more of a scheme to use Trump’s election fraud claims to limit voting given the unfavorable demographics of the Republican party. It falls to others to point out this is not right. Keith

      • I think we are on thin ice. POTUS needs to be right on top of this rather than being in Tulsa today. Just recently Flynn was inciting sedition referencing Myanmar ‘s coup as something that should happen here. Later backtracking but the words are already out there stirring chaos. Apparently most of the believers of the big lie do expect Biden to be out soon and Trump back in. Of course manipulating the vote will assure their election as they can’t win on a fair playing field and know it.

      • Holly, Flynn needs to be arrested given his stature. As the former president has shown, his followers will believe any of his BS. On the flip side, I do expect the former president to be indicted soon for financial improprieties before he became president. Keith

  2. Note to Readers: For those readers who live close to a Civil Rights museum, I encourage you to visit. In addition to the new Smithsonian on African-American history in DC, there is an excellent one in Greensboro, NC built around the Woolworth counter where the first sit-in occurred by four Black college students. If you cannot visit, I invite you to check online about the following: the killing and
    desecration of Emmett Till, the four girls killed in a Birmingham church, and the history of lynchings. But, be prepared. This is why we must not white-wash history. We must not let this BS ever happen again.

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