what’s a pastoral scene, Miss Holiday?

The Telegraph:

In 1958 she (Maya Angelou) was in Los Angeles when Billie Holiday visited her house and sang Strange Fruit. Angelou had to scold her son for interrupting to ask “What’s a pastoral scene, Miss Holiday?”, but Holiday’s “scornful” answer – “it means when the crackers are killing the niggers” – reveals another historical moment.

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