Vermont Senator and 2016 presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has a black love problem. As in, black people want to love him and he’s just not sure how to reciprocate. Better than (almost) anyone, Jay Smooth explains why Bernie Sanders and his supporters should be OK with – and even excited about – the messy and awkward moments that #BlackLivesMatter protests bring to the Sanders campaign.
In light of the many thousands of protesters across the country marching, demonstrating, chanting, and singing for justice, we here at the Civil Word thought it only right to take it way back to one of our nations most iconic songs about American oppression and the destruction of black lives.
Strange Fruit was written by Abel Meeropol – a Jewish ally of black rights and a school teacher in New York. Meeropol wrote the song after seeing a picture of a southern lynching. The image haunted him and pushed Meeropol to write Strange Fruit. The lyrics eventually fell into the hands of Billie Holiday who swirls them beautifully with a mesmerizing tone. The rest is history. Video below. The lyrics are below the fold.
CNN anchor Don Lemon asks Reza Aslan, Scholar of Religions at UC-Riverside, if Islam promotes violence? The question is so simple-minded and tainted with bias that it must be difficult for Aslan to even take it seriously. Unfortunately, he has to take it seriously. His response, and the interview in general, is must-see.
Our Civil Tube video is not so short today. But rather a documentary which looks at the lives of four little girls who through no choice of their own became martyrs in the struggle for freedom and civil rights. It’s only fitting since today is the 51st anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.
Give it a watch. Perhaps most jarring is the fact that many of the people who speak in the documentary — and were first-hand witnesses to the violence of 1960s Birmingham — are still alive. It serves as a reminder that while we may learn about these events as long-ago history from a bygone era, in fact, many people remember this tragedy as vividly as 9/11 or the Boston marathon bombing.