Tuesday, June 14, 2005

STRANGE FRUIT

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STRANGE FRUIT explores the history and legacy of a song unique in the annals of American music. Best-known from Billie Holiday's haunting 1939 rendition, the song "Strange Fruit" is a harrowing portrayal of the lynching of a black man in the American South.


The Senate is playing coy over which KKKers refused to vote on or endorse the anti-lynching apology. Frist signed the bill but didn't move a muscle to enforce legendary party discipline on his fellow white Christians...and remember last week's media whoreathon concerning Dean pointing out the obvious without uttering "secret KKK supporters" when describing the GOP?

Hmmmm. Well, try as I might, there isn't a peep in the press about these pro-lynching KKK people. Atrios channels fellow blogger, Chris Geidner:
Sens. George Allen (R-Va.), Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), Bill Nelson (D-Fl.), and Mark Pryor (D-Ar.) were the only co-sponsors of the bill from Southern states at its introduction in February. Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Blanche Lambert Lincoln (D-Ark.) added their names as co-sponsors later in the month of February. Sens. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), Tom Coburn (R-Ok.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) only signed on as co-sponsors within the past week.

That leaves 14 Southern senators -- 13 Republicans -- unrepresented among the co-sponsors at the end of this past week. Here's the list: Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.); Richard Shelby (R-Ala.); Mel Martinez (R-Fl.); Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.); Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.); Thad Cochran (R-Miss.); Trent Lott (R-Miss.); Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.); James Inhofe (R-Ok.); Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.); John Cornyn(R-Tx.); Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tx.); John Warner (R-Va.); and John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.).

So, the questions for Tuesday morning are: Who signed on only yesterday and who never signed on to a resolution "[a]pologizing to the victims of lynching and the descendants of those victims for the failure of the Senate to enact anti-lynching legislation"?

[UPDATE: Thomas has updated its co-sponsor list; the eight of the 14 who signed on to the resolution on Monday are the italicized names in the list above. The six in bold did not co-sponsor the resolution, even on Monday, and should be questioned as to what exactly they saw as objectionable in the resolution.]

[UPDATE II: Sens. Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning of Kentucky, both Republicans, signed on as co-sponsors on Monday.]
I expect the other Senators should formally censore these individuals who defy the laws and support gang violence. Lynchings are 100% illegal. They are 100% immoral. And they are 100% anti-American because they make a mockery of our Constitition and the promises of a land of equality before the Law!

Is our benighted media running hard with this story?

Is the moon made of green cheese? Of course not. They aren't rushing around the halls of Congress demanding Frist say something, condemn these miscreants who despise the courts and the laws of the land! Nope. The usual flaccid, slack jawed jawboning will continue.

After the near lynching of pop singer Michael Jackson, one really wonders. Have things really changed that much? Seems not. The white prosecutor went well out of his way to go after the singer. He raked up some pretty nasty stuff which the right wing media ran for as hard as possible. Oh, look at that black freak trying to be a white man! Go git 'em, boys!

Meanwhile, in Mississippi, the lynching trial heats up even without the two criminal Senators showing up with burning crosses strapped to their car antenae:
When accused killer Edgar Ray Killen arrived Monday morning at the Neshoba County Courthouse, a well-wisher from out of town immediately greeted him.

"Anything I can do," said J.J. Harper of Cordele, Ga., imperial wizard of the American White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, who clasped Killen's fingers in a handshake as the 80-year-old defendant exited a white Mercury Grand Marquis.

As Killen, who uses a wheelchair because of a tree-cutting accident earlier this spring, was wheeled into the courthouse about 8:45 a.m., someone was heard yelling, "Good luck, preacher!"
Wall, ain't he popular! The defendant's lawyer moved in to put some airspace between the two KKK glandhanders.
In January, Harper requested permission to demonstrate on the courthouse lawn in support of Killen.

At the time of the request, the Web site of the American White Knights showed a hanging post with three nooses holding the severed hands of African Americans.

The post read "Murder in Mississippi," but the word "Murder" was crossed out in red with the word "Justice" written over it.

On Monday, the Web site opened to a page featuring a sunset reflected on the water.

But inside the site, readers could peek at "Kristian Kids Korner" and an article saying Killen's trial is "illegal" and that if he "is found guilty of any crime, so-called 'Christians' will pay the price."
Um, someone should alert the Senators froom both states that they have a severe KKK problem, no? And these KKK guys need to be confronted and condemned, no?

And the Kristian Kids? Shouldn't our Senators attack these adults for peddling race hate? Hmmm? What? They can't hear me? Maybe some reporters will corner these Senators and ask them about this and ask what they are going to about this. Perhaps get them to take down that odious web site?

According to AP:
Asked why the resolution was not put to a straight yes-or-no vote and why the debate on the Senate floor had to take place at night, Landrieu said she had accepted the conditions she was offered by the Senate leadership. She noted Congress' busy schedule.
Oh, those busybodies! Can't go debating the history of serial murders of blacks, can they? Their time is oh so precious, well, can't spare a second of business hours talking about those people, can we? We are busy with real business like....complaining about the Democrats and Dean in particular! I noticed they spent quite a few business hours dealing with that pressing issue! This "explanation" for this despicable action is a direct slap on the face to all minorities.

The sole black in the Senate accepted the thin gruel he was dished out. Being the jr most Senator, he had little choice. Will the Black Caucus accept this disrespect? Will they protest this? Will black leaders call for the Senators to do more? Will the media cover this news?

Hahahaha. Google all the different combination of words here in my article and you pull up exactly one story by ABC talking about the Senators who refused to sign this bill. It isn't appearing all over the place, it isn't on talk radio, it isn't on mainstream TV or radio. The roaring silence surrounding this grim tree bearing strange fruit is deafening.
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