Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Strange Fruit by Abel Meeropol

Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black body 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,
And 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 a tree to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.

Basically this poem is about the Southern lynching mobs in the South of the US before and after the end of slavery. You see these bigots were responsible for the poverty of millions of blacks during that time and after that making it so that african-americans in most cases couldn't have the same advantages as white peopl(eg. Segregation) and even today we give them the right to spread les and hate and poison the minds of our youth. I speak of course about the Ku Klux Klan who under the First ammendment are allowed to do this. I think we should ratify the constitution so as to make hate-speech and hate-groups like this illegal. Now, Republicans(Ann Coulter) like to say that the Democratic party's legacy will be opposing desegregation. however the current democratic party ( which is mostly in the North) would have opposed segregation. The party at that time was mostly situated in the South they were called Dixiecrats. Get it? Dixie-crats. So actually what is now the Republicans in the South were opposed to desegragation. And lets not forget that desegregation occured under a Democratic President(Lyndon B. Johnson).

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