With the noose and the lynching tree entering the national discussion in the wake of recent news events, Bill Moyers interviews theologian James Cone about how these powerful images relate to the symbol of the cross and how they signify both tragedy and triumph. Lynching is buried so deeply in the American psyche that rarely does anyone bring it front and center. Our silence on it is one reason we have so much difficulty coming to terms with race in America. Bill Moyer says " I'm reluctant to raise it even now, because it's anything but a comfortable subject for television. But I went online not long ago and listened to a speech at Harvard University that I simply can't forget and I wanted you to meet the man who delivered it.
From 1882-1968, 4,743 lynchings occurred in the United States. Of these people that were lynched 3,446 were black. Many of the whites lynched were lynched for helping the black or being anti lynching... "Strange Fruit" began as a poem written by Abel Meeropol, a Jewish high-school teacher from the Bronx, about the lynching of two Black men.
Theologian John Cone explains the connection between Jesus' Crucifiction and lynchings.
Here is the full John Cone interview with Bill Moyers. It is well worth watching: Click Here.