The Trump inauguration people have gotten themselves into an embarrassing predicament.
A mulatto singer, Rebecca Ferguson, wants to sing an anti-white song written by a Jew at the Donald’s inauguration.
This is the song. It’s about lynching.
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 fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.
Abel Meeropol, the writer of these lyrics, adopted the two boys born to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the Communist atomic spies. He too was a communist who hated America. So, essentially the song is anti-American. Will Trump be forced to listen to it or will his team do the right thing and retract the invitation to Rebecca Ferguson, who isn’t even an American, much less an expert on why criminals of all races were lynched when there was no law enforcement to do the job.
Rebecca Ferguson said she has been asked to perform at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, and she has agreed under one condition: that she can sing the anti-racism anthem “Strange Fruit.”
Regarding her possible appearance at the Jan. 20 ceremony, the British X-Factor alum shared a statement that reads: “I’ve been asked and this is my answer. If you allow me to sing ‘strange fruit’ a song that has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States for being too controversial.
“A song that speaks to all the disregarded and down trodden black people in the United States. A song that is a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world, then I will graciously accept your invitation and see you in Washington.”
“Strange Fruit” is one of the nation’s most famous protest songs against racism. Written by New York City teacher Abel Meeropol in 1937, the lyrics graphically describe the lynchings of African-Americans: “Southern trees bear 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.”
The song was first recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939, and was later covered by Nina Simone during the Civil Rights movement in 1965.
Ferguson memorably performed Sam Cooke’s civil-rights anthem “A Change is Gonna Come” as a contestant on the 2010 edition of The X Factor UK.
This Rebecca Ferguson song has over 7 million views. A good addition to the lineup of entertainers? Meh.