Fear under the regime of white terror in the American South.

from Walter Crunkite – Notes on "Strange Fruit" in Kanye and Jay-Z on Rap Genius

Meaning

While this is certainly true, Abel Meeropel, the original author of the poem that became “Strange Fruit,” wrote the poem after seeing pictures of lynchings in Indiana.

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