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We have truly reached a new low as a people. Political correctness to this extent has destroyed our very fabric of society.


https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/19/us/kate-smith-yankes-flyers-god-bless-america-song-dropped-trnd/index.html


(CNN)For years, baseball's New York Yankees and hockey's Philadelphia Flyers have played singer Kate Smith's famous rendition of "God Bless America" during games.
But those long-time traditions have been halted over allegations that other songs performed by Smith -- one of America's biggest singing stars during the early 20th century -- are racist.Smith is closely tied to the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers because she performed "God Bless America" before Flyers games in the 1970s. A year after her 1986 death, the team erected a statue in her honor outside of its arena.Now the team won't play her version of the song during games and will cover up her statue."We have recently become aware that several songs performed by Kate Smith contain offensive lyrics that do not reflect our values as an organization," the Flyers said in a statement to CNN. "As we continue to look into this serious matter, we are removing Kate Smith's recording of 'God Bless America' from our library and covering up the statue that stands outside of our arena."The Yankees said the team also was no longer playing Smith's iconic 1939 version of the song. It had been a fixture at games since the September 11, 2001, attacks, the team said. It stopped playing it three games into the season, which began April 1. The controversial songsOne of them is her 1931 rendition of "That's Why Darkies Were Born," which has lyrics that read: "Someone had to pick the cotton,Someone had to plant the corn,Someone had to slave and be able to sing,That's why darkies were born"The other is her 1933 recording, "Pickaninny Heaven," which asks "colored children" living in an orphanage to dream about a magical place "great big watermelons."In a statement, the Yankees said they had "been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information. The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity."Her version of the song has been replaced with other versions.

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How about we just stop playing songs that promote religion and nationalism at sporting events, no matter who sings them?

And how big a pussy do you have to be to get offended by a ‘30s song with a title as ridiculous as “That’s Why Darkies Were Born?” It sounds like a Steel Panther song title. Black people will get through this trauma just fine.  Kate Smith was a white woman born in Virginia in 1907. Oh my God, what a shock she was racist!

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And how was Kate wrong? Someone DID have to pick the cotton, someone DID have to plant the corn. #KATEWASRIGHT



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srossi wrote: How about we just stop playing songs that promote religion and nationalism at sporting events, no matter who sings them?


If you haven't noticed, that's exactly where we're heading.  Hope you enjoy your music being limited to whoever won American Idol a couple years ago. 



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That’s pathetic. I used to get goosebumps when the flyers played it in the playoffs

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Paul Robeson also recorded  Thats Why Darkies Were Born.
Heres Kate with Pickaninny Heaven.




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KGB wrote: srossi wrote: How about we just stop playing songs that promote religion and nationalism at sporting events, no matter who sings them?


If you haven't noticed, that's exactly where we're heading.  Hope you enjoy your music being limited to whoever won American Idol a couple years ago. 

Even if it was a decade ago when American Idol was still relevant, that still would make zero sense. 



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Trying to judge the past based on today’s standards

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beejmi wrote: Trying to judge the past based on today’s standards
It's embarrassing and pathetic. By the standards of things like this every single person that is older than maybe 20 is a racist or a bigot and should be censored based on something they did in their youth, when times were different and the way people were raised was too.
We used to sing some terribly racist sounding songs in grade school, so I suppose my music teachers will be getting their pensions revoked soon. Also I am a bad person because I was told to sing them.
Every generation complains about the generation after it, but this really is a new generational low...for now.



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The Flyers covered the statue of Smith until they decide on what to do next. A fat white woman born in 1907 near the Mason-Dixon line racist? That's like being surprised that Boy George was teh gay.



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khawk wrote: beejmi wrote: Trying to judge the past based on today’s standards
It's embarrassing and pathetic. By the standards of things like this every single person that is older than maybe 20 is a racist or a bigot and should be censored based on something they did in their youth, when times were different and the way people were raised was too.
We used to sing some terribly racist sounding songs in grade school, so I suppose my music teachers will be getting their pensions revoked soon. Also I am a bad person because I was told to sing them.
Every generation complains about the generation after it, but this really is a new generational low...for now.

Between this and the guy who and stop tweeting about things that is the President of the United States, this country is at an all time low. 



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lobo316 wrote: Paul Robeson also recorded  Thats Why Darkies Were Born.

I actually read somewhere today when this came up that it was perfectly fine for Robeson to cover it. They said he was just being ironic. I hope The Donald pushes the button and the world goes up in a nuclear holocaust.



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Here's probably Kate's greatest performance before the 1974 Stanley Cup Final between the Flyers and Bruins. The Spectrum became unhinged. And why shouldn't the Flyers bring her in, there was graphic that said they were 38-3-1 when Kate sang it.





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Honest question about "God Bless America"-- when it's played, are you supposed to remove your hat?



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Erick Von Erich wrote: Honest question about "God Bless America"-- when it's played, are you supposed to remove your hat?
Of course.  And unless you're a commie Muslim you should also remove your pants and wank as hard as you can, but you better not get any on the flag. 



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