Franchising and the American Dream grew in the same soil.
Some say lynching is deep within in the American psyche. And it’s alive and well today (Karen Klein).
Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.
Pastoral scene of the gallant south,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.
Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.
Words by Abel Meeropol
You don’t need a rope and tree to lynch someone. Lynching happened after slavery was abolished, when control was less direct but still needed by the dominant political, social, and economic class across the country.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr., April 16, 1963