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Strange Fruit by WarUnderground Strange Fruit by WarUnderground
Original Photo : Joe Rosenthal, Iwo Jima, 1945

US fought the WWII by sending the poor and the minorities
while the "patriots" back home were hanging the rest of 'em.
This is the unwritten and the untold.


"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.

Pastoral scene of the gallant south,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.

Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop."
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:iconyougotbloodonmysuit:
YouGotBloodOnMySuit Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
This is sad..... 
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:iconncfwhitetigress:
ncfwhitetigress Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student General Artist
that is f'ed up. but i approve of the message.
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:iconbrekaiba:
BreKaiba Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
This really speaks out. Two iconic images... Man this really speaks out. The young boys, the minority boys, the poor boys put out there on the front to die for our country.. and back home black men , women, children, young and old were gettin lynched... and when those boys who came back home from the war. some of them may have faced the same fate. Yeah we say this image is Patriotic of the, putting up the flag and i respect it, but people need to realize that everything that glitters aint gold. America as a country, we aren't as high and mighty and righteous and in the right as much as some of us would like to believe, back then and even currently today.

I like this photo manip. it speaks something powerful
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:iconwarunderground:
WarUnderground Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
Thank you. Appreciate it.
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:iconjustjoseph:
justjoseph Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Student General Artist
whoa, great words,
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:icontearsofwolves:
TearsofWolves Featured By Owner May 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for turning a beloved American image into a vent for your own ignorance and xenophobia.
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:iconwarunderground:
WarUnderground Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
you're welcome, you ignorant child of the US propaganda.
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:iconnekokitty447:
NekoKitty447 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
I learned about this song today in Music class and tomorrow we're listening to it, I listened to some already and it's pretty sad :( Lynching was terrible
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:iconwarunderground:
WarUnderground Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
You should also learn about this song in your class
"They’re selling postcards of the hanging
They’re painting the passports brown
The beauty parlor is filled with sailors
The circus is in town"
from Bob Dylan's Desolation Row..

Peace
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tulio317537 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
asi es la guerra solo es muerte y destruccion ToT
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:iconacorn83:
Acorn83 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
If it's an unwritten part of history, how do you know about it?
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:iconwarunderground:
WarUnderground Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
you only know things that are written?
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:iconacorn83:
Acorn83 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
You were there?
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:iconwarunderground:
WarUnderground Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
were you?
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:iconacorn83:
Acorn83 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
No. And that's why I rely on textbooks to learn about it. Of course I have a great uncle who grew up during the great depression and he is still alive so I guess I could ask him how many poor minorities he hung.

Seriously man, fuck you for making shit up about the veterans who fought and died so your grandparents could be safe.
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:iconwarunderground:
WarUnderground Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
oh what a great and thoughtful reply. a great "fuck you" of course by a u.s. citizen who i might believe knows nothing outside his own country. he believes he was taught history and that CNN is the great truth. why don't you ask me where my father's father was. do you even know who established the first win against the axis powers? do you even know why US got into war? do you even know what this picture tries to tell you? do you believe US is trying to set Irag and Afghanistan free? of course not. because you only can support your thoughts and sayings with a simple "fuck you". because your fucking country is the Wermacht of our times. and if you already knew that you wouldn't even bother to send the first message at all. goodnight.
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:iconillusioninme:
Illusioninme Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
I know, late reply is late.

I completely understand your pic, it does indeed hold true, but thats not what I'm commenting on.

"because your fucking country is the Wermacht of our times"

this comment is just as racist as what you're trying to get across, as a african american, I found this statement completely unnerving and inappropriate. If one american pisses you off, this does not mean you should go out and state things like this, America is not the only corrupt country out there.
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:iconacorn83:
Acorn83 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Not sure what you mean by knowing nothing about my country since you were accusing it of happening inside my country. I don't really watch TV and I doubt CNN talks about WWII much anyways. Where was your father's father (and when are we talking about)? First win against the Axis powers? I'm guessing you mean battle, and I would assume Great Britain or perhaps France or Poland, but I really don't know. Though that has nothing to do with your accusations. Why US got into WWII? I believe it's because of Pearl Harbor, do you think I'm wrong? I believe this picture is about The US fighting WWII by sending the poor and the minorities while the "patriots" back home were hanging the rest of 'em. Right? Seriously though, what proof or even evidence do you have of your claims?
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:iconwarunderground:
WarUnderground Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
do you know any rich kid goin to war? wars happen for the rich to be richer. they won't send their own kids to war. 1+1=2.
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gaber440 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
your artwork was featured here [link]
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:iconlucid-concepts:
Lucid-Concepts Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009   Digital Artist
Fantastic image, very powerful. Even from the thumbnail I knew exactly what this was, as the original images are so iconic and impacting. Combining the two created a really potent metaphor.

Well done :)
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:iconwarunderground:
WarUnderground Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
Thanks.
be sound.

make soap.
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:iconlucid-concepts:
Lucid-Concepts Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009   Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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:iconterralotus:
TerraLotus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
My mother was telling me about lynching. So I decided to personally look up this and get the info about it. Images and the tales of lynching nearly made my cry, but when I finally heard Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit', I couldn't stop myself from crying.
You got the point across from you image.
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:iconwarunderground:
WarUnderground Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
Sorry for the late reply...
Thanks for your kind words..
I'm sure your ancestors lived
the truth under their skin.
be sure to let everybody know.
do not forget.
peace.
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:iconterralotus:
TerraLotus Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Of course. I have Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday as a subject for one of my journals. And don't worry about the late reply. And Yes, my ancestors (from each race they come from) can tell me the truths and the troubles they faced because of their skin.
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:iconohsnapitsbriley:
ohsnapitsbriley Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2009
Great message.
We read this in class today.
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:iconwarunderground:
WarUnderground Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
I'm happy you did.
Even english isn't my native language
this one flows into my brain cells
as fire into a gas station.
Be sound.
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:iconcatwoman2035:
catwoman2035 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
i love this.
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:iconwarunderground:
WarUnderground Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008
..thanks.
i noticed you like B.H.
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:iconcatwoman2035:
catwoman2035 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008
I love Billie Holdiday.
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OZNorUFO Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Professional Photographer
I've sow the movie :D
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:iconkaylasayspeacex3:
kaylasayspeacex3 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008   Photographer
as a american, this is pretty deep.
its somewhat ironic and i find myself liking it?
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:iconvectortangram:
VectorTangram Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
As much as I see your point, you misunderstand. There are many, many Americans who fully understand what is going on in the world, many of them young people. And there are also many who know about this nation's past history and do what they can to make amends.

Freedom of speech is what allows you to make your images. It is a good thing to be able to raise the issues, as many need to know about what happened in the past. Say what you believe, as many people should.

But also understand, when people become angry with you because of your art, remember it is just as much their right to be angry as it is yours to create art. And when people get angry and defensive, it is not because they are ignorant or stupid or "listen to propaganda." There are plenty of informed, educated Americans who know exactly what happened in World War 2 who would be offended by your image who arent "victims of American propaganda."
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:iconwarunderground:
WarUnderground Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
Thank you. I'm glad to see you get the point..
Coz I had talked with US ppl your age before,
and they had not a clue what was going on in
the damn world . .
Speak out. Be sound.
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notoriousstar Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
i sincerely was intrigued by the cocacola ad. and i like alot of your work. i can see how this one has sparked controversy, especially as we are in war time. keep on trucking sir, for i conquer.

notorious*
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:iconwarunderground:
WarUnderground Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Can you recall a time when US wasn't really
in a war time..at all..?
It's hard to think how US citizens have got used to it like an everyday Fox sitcom.
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blane2 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
i remember seeing this photo montage on the front page under newest. I looked at it then and my surfing has lead me back to it now.
As you may have guessed from the comments that have been left here in response, i think you'll agree that sometimes a image alone doesn't always paint the right narrative.

The poem is a good attempt at pointing us in the right direction, or at the very least setting the mood. But it too is vague, perhaps to vague for the masses.

I've looked at your work, there are some nice pieces and concepts.. i'd love to see more.
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:iconwarunderground:
WarUnderground Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
Thanks for the critical comment.. Really appreciate it.
"Masses" is a word i'd rather not use, as it covers up individual stupidity. I may be hard on this one but I can no longer take on this global "idiots by choice" movement, so whether my pictures are vague or not I really do not care. I'm not trying to sell life insurance. People like you get it and that's a start. People who are willing to make a difference out of it. Here's to the new tides. Cheers.
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:iconruenoir:
RueNoir Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
horrifying scene...can´t even look at it
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:iconwarunderground:
WarUnderground Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
Unfortunately, life is worse.
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:icondariusz:
dariusz Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
you are offending soldiers competing in a world war II !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
fuck you !
[link]
You are an idiot.
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:iconwarunderground:
WarUnderground Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
OK whatever. You're smart.
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:icondariusz:
dariusz Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
[link]
and more and more and more

of American propaganda ;)
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:iconwarunderground:
WarUnderground Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
Man, I don't get it . .
First you're insulting me and now this.
Unless it was ironic. Which didn't seem so.
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:icondariusz:
dariusz Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
You will never understand what for us Polish people is indicating world war II. :(

I am apologizing for naming you for idiots.
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:iconwarunderground:
WarUnderground Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
I lived in Poland for six months. In Lodz. Where was one of the biggest ghettos.
I've been to concentration camps, museums, houses, talked with people
and listened to their stories.. I have numerous Polish friends. Believe me I fully
understood what you've been through as a nation. The photo I've placed here has
nothing to do with those fighting for the better, whatsoever.
It is criticism upon the dirty politics of war and racism in U.S.
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:icondariusz:
dariusz Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
you know the word -honor żołnierza
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:iconwarunderground:
WarUnderground Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
i do..
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:iconmattspire:
MattSpire Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Nice manipulation with, again, a strong message. And I've always liked that song.
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