Kate Smith statue covered up in Philadelphia as late 'God Bless America' singer faces new scrutiny

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  1. Stephen

    Stephen Administrator Staff Member

    https://www.foxnews.com/sports/philadelphia-flyers-cover-god-bless-america-singer-over-racist-songs

    Kate Smith statue covered up in Philadelphia as late 'God Bless America' singer faces new scrutiny

    The NHL's Philadelphia Flyers on Friday joined baseball's New York Yankees in halting the playing of Kate Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" at home games because of lyrics in other songs the late singer recorded.

    The Flyers also covered up a statue of Smith that has stood at Philadephia's sports complex since 1987.

    “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 of our arena.”

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  2. Stephen

    Stephen Administrator Staff Member

    That's Why Darkies Were Born

    Someone had to pick the cotton,
    Someone had to pick the corn,
    Someone had to slave and be able to sing,
    That's why darkies were born;

    Someone had to laugh at trouble,
    Though he was tired and worn,
    Had to be contented with any old thing,
    That's why darkies were born;

    Sing, sing, sing when you're weary and
    Sing when you're blue,
    Sing, sing, that's what you taught
    All the white folks to do;

    Someone had to fight the Devil,
    Shout about Gabriel's Horn,
    Someone had to stoke the train
    That would bring God's children to green pastures,
    That's why darkies were born.

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    I had never heard of this song and from reading the background of the song, it was written as a satirical view of racism. Reading the words of the song, it's quite obvious that is true.

    Slavery is pure evil and everybody knows it. However there is an old saying that when trying to portray "evil", the best way is not to explain it, just depict it. This song satirically depicts the evil of slavery.

    Kate Smith should be applauded for singing her rendition of this song. Her beautiful recording of "God Bless America" should immediately be restored at Flyers games.
     

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