Strange Fruit: A protest song with enduring relevance: Source: BBC News, November 25, 2013. This BBC News article looks at the story behind the song “Strange Fruit”, which was first recorded in 1939 and immediately became a protest song and a metaphor symbolising the brutality of racism and the practice of lynching in America’s South. I used this song sung by Billie Holiday (1939) in my literature class to supplement racism-related themes depicted in Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize winning novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” (1960). The lyrics of the song may generate good discussion in class and may help create an awareness of the consequences of racism.
Using the word ‘gay’ to mean ‘crap’ is a form of bullying of gay people: Source: The Guardian, November 24, 2013. This article penned by Will Young for The Guardian looks at homophobic language youngsters use. Young writes that even if youngsters do not necessarily mean to be homophobic, such language can be quite upsetting and ostracise some people. Young’s article has lots of good points to think about and can be explored in the classroom.