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April 23, 2019

DAILYKENN.com -- The displacement of America's Western heritage continues and racism continues to be the reason. Or excuse. 

The latest is the purging of the Kate Smith's iconic song, "God Bless America." Apparently someone found something racist in the lyrics of some other song Smith recorded. Consequently, two sports teams, New York Yankees and Philadelphia Flyers, have taken to virtue signally by removing "God Bless America" from their playlist. The Flyers took it a step further and removed a statue of Smith from the front of the team's stadium. 

The strategy seems simple: First, establish racism to be the worst expression of evil imaginable and, second, associate patriotism with racism. 

From npr.org ▼

The singer Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" has been a cherished part of sports tradition in the U.S. for decades. But in the aftermath of a discovery that the singer also recorded at least two songs with racist content in the 1930s, two major American sports teams, baseball's New York Yankees and ice hockey's Philadelphia Flyers, have announced that they will stop playing Smith's rendition of the Irving Berlin patriotic classic. On Sunday, the Flyers also took down a statue of Smith that had stood in front of their stadium since 1987.

A fan alerted the Yankees last week that Smith had recorded at least two problematic songs — 1931's "That's Why Darkies Were Born" and 1933's "Pickaninny Heaven," from the film Hello, Everybody! — the New York Daily News reported on Thursday.

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Flyers removed a statue of Smith that had stood outside the team's arena since 1987, first at the Spectrum and later at the Xfinity Live! venue. Smith sang "God Bless America" live for the Flyers before Game 6 of the 1974 Stanley Cup finals — after which the Flyers beat the Boston Bruins. Since then, the Flyers had treated Smith's rendition as a talisman for the team.


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