From Pine View Farm

“Strange Fruit” 0

My local rag’s David Hall writes of the funeral of Carl Long, a man of many firsts (“he helped break the color barrier in the Carolina League in 1956 . . . .became Kinston’s first black Trailways bus driver, its first black deputy and its first black detective”). The column is worth a read, but this bit leapt out at me.

Long remembered, clear as day, riding on a team bus over the segregated South’s back roads and seeing black men hanging from trees, their lives taken in the name of an accepted hatred.

One more time: When next you hear someone romanticizing “the Lost Cause,” ask him or her to specify out loud for all to hear just precisely what cause was lost.


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