[–] umairaslam 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The ridiculous excesses of political correctness have now stretched all the way to Yankee Stadium and Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.

Both the Yankees and the NHL Flyers have banned Kate Smith’s famed 1943 recording of Irving Berlin’s classic “God Bless America.”

The Flyers — for whom the recording has long been a good-luck charm (Smith herself sang it live during the 1974 Stanley Cup final) — went even further: They’ve actually covered up a statue of the singer that stands outside the arena.

The Yankees have played the recording during the seventh-inning stretch ever since 9/11.

The problem? Two other songs Smith recorded during the 1930s contain lyrics and words that demean black people.

But the case isn’t clear-cut on one of the songs, “That’s Why Darkies Were Born.” Apart from the now-objectionable title, the lyrics — “Someone’s got to pick the cotton/Someone had to plant the corn” — can also be seen as an ironic and satirical comment on racism. That’s why noted African American singer and civil-rights activist Paul Robeson also recorded the facts about the heart.

[–] derram 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

https://archive.ph/OP5nj :

2019-04-19 | Kate Smith’s 'God Bless America' out at Yankee Stadium over racist songs

'The Yankees have decided to no longer run Kate Smith’s version of “God Bless America” during their seventh-inning stretch because of Smith’s affiliation with songs that carried racist lyrics. '

'Most famously, Smith sang a 1931 song, “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” which opened: “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.”The song, which has been called a satirical take on racism, was a big hit for Smith, and also was recorded by Paul Robeson. '

'When the Yankees last month became aware of Smith’s history, they switched to a keyboard version of “God Bless America.”The Yankees have played the song in the middle of every game since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the insistence of late owner George Steinbrenner. '

'In 2009, the Yankees cut ties with singer Ronan Tynan, who had made numerous appearances at the Stadium to sing “God Bless America,” after he was alleged to have made anti-Semitic comments. '

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