Strange Fruit

November 2, 2011 at 2:05 am (Uncategorized)

After the music post yesterday, and my mention of Siouxsie’s version of this song, I decided to post the poem. written in 1936 by a New york schoolteacher Adel Meeropol after he viewed a photography of a lynching, the words have lost none of their power 75 years later.

“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.”


  1. Schalken said,

    This may not be the best place to pose the question, but it seems to offer the best chance for a reply.

    Back a while ago, you recommended Paul Mattick Jr.’s Business as Usual while adding that you and IP have a different take on the crisis. I’m reading the book now and don’t quite understand what you mean. Mattick (as his father would have done) points to the tendency for the rate of profit to fall as the main cause of the crisis, which, as far as I can tell, is the same explanation offered by IP. Is there something big I’m missing or do you folks differ with Mattick over details?

    P.S. I enjoy the blog.

    P.P.S. The Wisconsin Historical Society Library has some back issues of Red and Black Notes. Isn’t that cool?

    • fischerzed said,

      First of all apologies for the length of time it has taken me to reply.

      You’re quite right that Paul Mattick, sr and jr, favoured the tendnecy of the rate of profit to fall as the root of the economic crisis (as does the Communist Workers Organization. IP however does not. Coming out of the ICC, we orignally followed a different path. The ICC favoured Rosa Luxemberg’s saturation fo markets theory (I stand to be corrected by other IP members who may add something here).

      In fact in a major series on the collapse of the world economy, written in the 1990s, one IP comrade, Sander, wrote a long piece of the problems with Mattick’s analyis – it can be found in found in IP 30-31 and on our web site. I’d suggest also looking at our article in IP 51-52 a crisi of value looking at crisis through capital’s inability to realize value and the resultant canniblaization and destruction of society.

      Oh, and the Wisconsin Library was a subscriber to the R and B N. Interesting though.

      Thanks for the feebdback.

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