BILLIE HOLIDAY: DIVA, SUPERSTAR, CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER.
Beautiful, bold, brazenly Black.
Barraged, battered, harangued, and harassed,
Billie Holiday’s stubbornness in
Singing ‘Strange Fruit,’ an ode to
Black enslavement, discrimination, segregation,
Humiliation, and eventual lynchings led to the
Early demise of a rare Black musical gem.
Framed by the United States using
Black agents – black on black violence – for her
Anti-racist and anti-hatist stance, personified by
‘Strange Fruit,’ the
‘Time’ Magazine song of the century.
White opioid use is treated by naloxone,
Empathy, rehabilitation, and Federal grants.
Black opioid use is treated by arrests,
Imprisonment, and political disenfranchisement.
Billie Holiday represents the ‘Tulsa Wall Street
Massacre’ of Black artistic excellence.
Is there God – yes, probably a White God?
Racism and Hatism against Blacks in America continue unabated.
LYRICS OF ‘STRANGE FRUIT:’
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 magnolias, 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
Credit: Genius lyrics.