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On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Nov 02, 2017 18:00
 

 greiffenstein wrote:
Except when they get shot by black cops.  Racism is racism.  But what's going on today is not that clear-cut.  And in the words of Albert Einstein, "this problem is not going to get solved by using the same level of thinking that was in place when it was created."  The police in America needs to take a long hard look at itself and how they do their job, but they're less likely to do so if they're being characterized as mindless, heartless, racists.  Personal attacks rarely lead to introspection.
 
Thank you for this more balanced view.
These massive generalizations "all white cops are evil racists" are ignorant and only add to the problem.
Some cops are bad, regardless of their skin colour.
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Nov 02, 2017 18:00
 

 greiffenstein wrote:
Except when they get shot by black cops.  Racism is racism.  But what's going on today is not that clear-cut.  And in the words of Albert Einstein, "this problem is not going to get solved by using the same level of thinking that was in place when it was created."  The police in America needs to take a long hard look at itself and how they do their job, but they're less likely to do so if they're being characterized as mindless, heartless, racists.  Personal attacks rarely lead to introspection.
 
Thank you for this more balanced view.
These massive generalizations "all white cops are evil racists" are ignorant and only add to the problem, not to mention totally unfair to all the good cops.
Some cops are bad, and I think it's safe to say most are good, regardless of their skin colour.
greiffenstein
(Down in New Orleans)
Posted: Nov 02, 2017 12:54
 

 VH1 wrote:

Nowadays black people do not get lynched anymore by hanging them from a tree, but get shot in back in the streets by white cops.

What's is the difference?

Rascism is rascism.  

 
Except when they get shot by black cops.  Racism is racism.  But what's going on today is not that clear-cut.  And in the words of Albert Einstein, "this problem is not going to get solved by using the same level of thinking that was in place when it was created."  The police in America needs to take a long hard look at itself and how they do their job, but they're less likely to do so if they're being characterized as mindless, heartless, racists.  Personal attacks rarely lead to introspection. 
markybx
(Oud Amsterdam)
Posted: Sep 02, 2017 11:22
 

I always cry when I hear this
javelipix
Posted: Sep 02, 2017 11:21
 

Damn. A reminder to save my 10s for a real, godlike masterpiece. Love you Billie. You too Bill. 
dano995775324
Posted: Jun 02, 2017 17:25
 

And everyone say how crazy this world is now, we're clueless!
LizK
(West Florida, where the gators roam)
Posted: Sep 29, 2016 20:28
 

 On_The_Beach wrote:
Gut-wrenching. There has never been a(nother) song quite like this and no one performs it like Billie.
The only contemporary song that comes close from an emotional standpoint would be Johnny Cash's rendition of "Hurt".
From wiki: ""Strange Fruit" is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday, who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Written by the teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem, it exposed American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. Such lynchings had occurred chiefly in the South but also in other regions of the United States."
(Yes, the "strange fruit" was the black corpses hanging from the trees.)

 

The Meeropols took in the Rosenberg children, after the executions. They were pretty far left, in McCarthy time. And they lived their beliefs.
 
VH1
(near Alpha Centauri, then the next left!)
Posted: Aug 04, 2016 5:47
 

 FrankDebbieCote wrote:
It was very brave of these artists to shine a light on this particulary ugly practice; even so, there were lynchings as recent as 1955 in Indianna. 
 
 
Nowadays black people do not get lynched anymore by hanging them from a tree, but get shot in back in the streets by white cops.

What's is the difference?

Rascism is rascism.  
ScottN
(Half inch above the K/T boundary)
Posted: Jan 05, 2016 14:08
 

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
TerryS
(Another SW)
Posted: Jul 15, 2015 18:12
 

Deserves to be included in the top 100 intrinsically important songs. Really.
jocelynsart
(Toronto, Canada)
Posted: Jan 07, 2015 15:37
 

wow, just wow
FrankDebbieCote
(west suburbs of Chicagoland)
Posted: Dec 07, 2014 9:11
 

It was very brave of these artists to shine a light on this particulary ugly practice; even so, there were lynchings as recent as 1955 in Indianna. 
 
Forest267
(Milwaukee)
Posted: Aug 18, 2014 14:26
 

Watched the Ken Burns documentary on Jazz recently on Netflix, Billie Holiday highly regarded as a pioneer of that genre. I realized while watching the series that I knew very little about Jazz, it's history or influence on contemporary rock & pop. Amazing music... took me 47 years to find it but I'm glad I did.
ScottFromWyoming
(Powell)
Posted: Aug 04, 2014 11:19
 

 sirdroseph wrote:

I knew they would eventually add this one!

 
I wonder how many times it was uploaded...

6Billie Holiday - Strange Fruitsorry34/8 (81%)320 
SquiddlyDiddly
(Brighton, UK)
Posted: Aug 04, 2014 9:36
 

 Lazarus wrote:
Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked...  love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
 
Please, it has to be time to realise that this self promoting, cut and paste individual has no care for anything other than narcism.

READ THE LYRICS PAL and then think hard about making joke comments.
ce
(The Netherlands)
Posted: Jul 04, 2014 3:06
 

Nina Simone also did a mean version of this song.
Webfoot
(Eugene, Oregon)
Posted: May 02, 2014 11:15
 

And in 1939!  Wow, amazing and powerful song.
Jota
(Scotland)
Posted: May 02, 2014 11:08
 

10.  Should be more but hey, that's as high as I can vote.  There's an early version on youtube, amazing, haunting performance.
oldfart48
(B.C.)
Posted: May 02, 2014 11:08
 

{#Clap} there is nothing like the best........
norbertZ
(Wiesbaden (Germany))
Posted: Apr 22, 2014 8:30
 

For me an alltime Godlike 10  {#Good-vibes} {#Jump} {#Wave}