Strange and Bitter Crop

Abby Zimet

Man. A new survey by Public Policy Polling finds that 46% of Mississippi Republicans think interracial marriage should be illegal. This, on the birthday of Billie Holiday, who battled racism even as she indulged in what one writer called her "luminous self-destruction." Holiday's "Strange Fruit" - written by a son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg - is a harshly bittersweet treasure.

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