Emmett Till, ‘Strange Fruit,’ and the stench of political mendacity

“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.” When Billie Holiday sang those words in 1939 she evoked the forlorn pain of black America, living constantly in the shadow of the … Continue reading Emmett Till, ‘Strange Fruit,’ and the stench of political mendacity

We should honor courage, dump cowardice, regardless of party

There is no greater measure of character than how someone acts when conscience points against the winds of popularity, and all they have to gain is harsh criticism and personal loss. Sen. Mitt Romney faced that challenge this week, and proved himself uniquely up to the test. The backlash against Romney, including jabs from the … Continue reading We should honor courage, dump cowardice, regardless of party