It’s nothing new. Liberals have been known to dishonor important historical figures time and time again.
They’ve attempted to trash the legacy of our founding fathers, calling them nothing more than “racist, evil slave owners,” and now they’ve come to shame legendary 1930s singer Kate Smith, best known for her rendition of “God Bless America,” traditionally played during sports games here in the United States.
However, you won’t hear this familiar jingle of patriotism any longer at a Yankees baseball game or Philadelphia Flyers hockey match. Both of these teams have banned the iconic songstress, covering up statues of Smith and pulling “God Bless America” from their music lineup.
You may ask: why go to such drastic measures? Well, it’s nothing to do with the song itself. Rather, Smith has been banned because of another song she recorded called “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” which was written in the spirit of satire and performed on Broadway alongside an African-American, Paul Robeson.
But, who can blame them? Liberals have no sense of humor in the first place, so it’s not fair to expect them to recognize it!
Twitter is blowing up with news of the sports teams’ decisions to silence Ms. Smith. Check it out:
Notice how they careful their wording is. "History of POTENTIAL racism," as if to frame poor Ms. Smith as being racist when there is no actual proof that she was.
Now Media News tweeted out a flashback photo of Smith, remembering how she was once honored by President Roosevelt, who introduced her as a true symbol of America to King George VI:
It's insane to realize just how far the Left will go to push their agenda. It's a disgrace our nation itself.
CBS New York has more details about the Yankees' decision to censor the music legend:
The Yankees have suspended the use of Kate Smith’s recording of “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch while they investigate an allegation of racism against the singer.
The club issued a statement about the issue, promising to look deeper into the allegations.
“The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information,” it read. “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.”
Smith died in 1986. The Yankees have used her recording of “God Bless America” and sometimes live singers during the seventh inning since the 2001 terrorist attacks. They used an organ version Wednesday and Thursday.
The New York Daily News reported Thursday there are conflicting claims about Smith’s 1939 song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born.” The song originated in the 1931 Broadway revue “George White’s Scandals,” and was considered satire. It was recorded by Smith and also by Paul Robeson, who was black.
The New York Daily News also commented on the banning of the song by both sports teams:
The Flyers wasted little time in following the Yankees lead.
A day after the Daily News reported the Yankees had stopped playing Kate Smith’s 1939 recording of “God Bless America” in the middle of the seventh inning over her racist lyrics, the NHL’s Flyers made the same call. And took the extra step of covering a statue in her honor outside the Wells Fargo Center.
“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. “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 our arena.”
The Yankees started playing Smith’s version of the Irving Berlin classic following the 9/11 attacks and the tradition lasted 18 years until this season when the Daily News learned the Yankees were made aware of Smith’s history of potential racism.
The Virginia-born singer recorded a song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born," which included the lyrics, “Someone had to pick the cotton. ... That’s why darkies were born."
“The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information,” a club spokesman said. “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.”
Despite the song’s lyrics being considered satire at the time it was recorded for the 1931 Broadway revue “George White’s Scandals,” the Yankees clearly wanted no part of another controversy with the music performed at the Stadium.
Of course, some sports fans are outraged over Smith's music being banned and statues being covered up.
Check out this tweet by CBS3 reporter Cleve Bryan, who witnessed one of these unhappy fans making a bold statement about the ridiculous decision:
Good going, brave sir! God Bless Kate Smith, and Happy Easter to all!