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10 S o uth er n S po rts Byron De La Beckwith Sometimes it starts with a bonfire or begins with taunting and spitting quickly graduating to cursing and punching and kicking some body as hard as you can for the sheer joy of causing them pain as entertainment for the crowd now celebrating the crack or pop of broken bodies showering outstanding individual violence with applause and cheers. All you need is some body wearing the color you’ve been taught to hate some body threatening to take what’s rightfully yours and a little girl with her thighs exposed held high in the air and screaming. Pastoral scene of the gallant south . . . —abel meeropol, “Strange Fruit,” sung by Billie Holiday ...


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