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Letter: The pain of ‘Strange Fruit’

This is a letter I wanted to share with the citizens Salisbury regarding some well-meaning white people and some not so informed black people who are planning “Restoration or Commemoration of the 1909 lynching in Salisbury.”

The sad part is that one of the persons involved is planning to run for City Council — well, that is a fine “how-do” — and the other person wanted to run for Council several years ago, so I guess they have a token person to lead the charge.

What does this do? Salisbury is in the throes of trying to get businesses to locate here and all we need is for those businesses to read about “Strange Fruit.”

Next what about the families of those that were murdered and those who did the lynching? This is sad for these families and relatives that are still living in Salisbury.

To add insult to injury they want to put a marker where this happened.

Like we don’t have enough of racial unrest today; do we really need to be reminded of this atrocity?

Finally, put yourself in the place of either one of these families; how would you feel?

— Deedee Wright

Salisbury

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