Offbeat Magazine: Off-color is more like it

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Sometimes you come across situations* that are so vile you almost don't want to feed their energy by paying attention to them. But the March 2010 cover of Offbeat Magazine makes a reference too appalling to ignore.

There's no excuse for the editors of a music magazine to be ignorant of the lyrics to Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit."

Southern trees bear strange fruit,

Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,

Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,

Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

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Contact Offbeat Magazine at offbeat@offbeat.com or 944-4300. Let the editors know their publication's allusion to hate crime is shameful and disgusting.

*Thanks to writer Jamey Hatley for bringing this to my attention.

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