PC Madness: New York Yankees bans Kate Smith’s ‘God Bless America’ for ‘potential racism’

Kate Smith is a famous singer before and during World War II, whose version of “God Bless America” is iconic. In 1982, Smith was honored by President Ronald Reagan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She died in 1986.

Stefan Bondy reports for the New York Daily News, April 18, 2019, that although the New York Yankees baseball team for 18 years after the 9/11 attacks had regularly used Kate Smith’s 1939 recording of “God Bless American” in the middle of the seventh inning, the Yankees ditched the recording this season and replaced it with different versions of the song.

Why?

In order “to take a stand against racism” — not because Smith’s “God Bless America” is racist, but because of Smith’s history of “potential” racism.

In the words of the New York Daily News, Smith recorded the song, “Pickaninny Heaven” directed at “colored children” who should fantasize about an amazing place with “great big watermelons,” among other treats. Smith shot a video for that song that takes place in an orphanage for black children, and much of the imagery is “startlingly racist”. She also recorded, “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” which included the lyrics, “Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.”

Smith also endorsed the “Mammy Doll” in 1939, which was based on a racist caricature of a black woman in the same vein as Aunt Jemima.

A Yankees spokesman said: “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. 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.”

H/t Big Lug

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Another reason to hate the Yankees….hey, aren’t “Yankees” racist, too?

Watertender
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Watertender

Man when will it end? Oh I guess saying Man makes me sexist… The PC police will be after me. Kate Smith farted better air than those jokers breathe…

Jackie Puppet
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The Philadelphia Flyers took down a statue of Kate Smith:

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Believe it or not, this is Kate’s son:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO53Xu6TZBg

Rewriting history is big with the Frankfurt School.

William
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William

Dr. John, the Night Tripper? The Gris-Gris Man? He who walks on gilded splinters? Is Kate Smith’s son? You have just blown my mind to pieces. What a mess

Lophatt
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Lophatt

All I know is that I’ve followed him since the 60’s and several pieces I’ve read claim that he’s Kate Smith’s son. There are also rumors that Kate Smith is at least “somewhat” black. Personally, I have no idea, nor do I care. He does resemble her and I am more than less convinced it’s true. I’ve been a musician all my life and different styles intrigue me. I don’t support his “Voodoo” schtick, but he’s a good musician. He is also one of a kind. He’s one of those acts where one is enough. I wouldn’t want to see… Read more »

William
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William

Yes, a unique talent. Like Tom Waits in a way, one of a kind. How many people could “sing” with a voice that sounds like a broken exhaust?

Lophatt
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Lophatt
Lana
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Lana

Holy mackerel, you just blew me away too. I always thought he was amazingly unique, and while I wouldn’t have purchased any of his albums, I always listened with rapt fascination at his talent when I heard his music, or saw him on the tube. I remember seeing him play and sing with Ricki lee Jones. They made quite a duo. Where did you find out that amazing piece of information anyway?

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I have four or five of his albums. I love his stuff. Of course I have “eclectic” tastes.

Lophatt
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Lophatt
Lana
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Lana

Probably his best song- certainly the one he is best known for. The kind of sound that makes ya want to get up and boogie- if I still could.
Having eclectic tastes in music is wonderful- after all there are so many different worlds of sound to enter into when listening. I too used to have quite eclectic tastes too though with my health issues now I just can’t handle loud anymore. I need soothing I’m afraid- 90 percent classical for me now.

William
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William

I hadn’t thought of Dr John in a long time. I’m really enjoying listening to him now. I used to be strictly rock although when I listen to it now it’s mostly overamplified garbage. There was some real music though. I was brought up on classical and now veering back to it. We have Tanglewood here. Still there are times when I need to clear the air and so I’ll put on some MC5 or Blue Cheer at max volume. That does the trick

Lophatt
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Since I’m on a roll. Here’s another favorite of mine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx5Qd6uEWq8

Lana
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Lana

I remember that piece. One of those greats that got little air time because it was too unique. There was some really great smooth jazz in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The one decent smooth jazz radio station here in the Bay Area is long gone. Nothing but garbage anymore on the radio IMO unless you can find a good classical station. Amazing to think back on all the good stuff that was being written and played in those days…long gone sadly.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

If you know someone young who’s pregnant here’s a way to introduce them to music:

https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/you-can-buy-intervaginal-speakers-so-your-baby-can-listen-to-tunes/?spotim_referrer=recirculation

Next they’ll have “Netflix” subscriptions for this.

William
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William

I guess no one is safe from “potential racism”. And I must say – someone did have to pick the cotton. Yesterday my lady and I made an apple pie in record time. She assigned me the thankless and tedious task of breaking up flour lumps. Someone had to do it, but I’m feeling offended; that was definitely potential something on her part. I think I’ll contact SPLC

Lophatt
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Lophatt

You march in there right now and DEMAND that she bake you a pie!

William
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William

Easy for you to say but I value my life. She keeps her pistol loaded. When I told her that’s illegal, she answered: So?

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Oops, I posted the same thing twice . . . sorry!

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YouKnowWho

More of the PC police judging history on today’s standards. I’m pretty sure all of us have some sort of skelaton in our closet. I’m thinking ‘triggered’ people are the ones with the problem. They want everything their way. Greed. Huburus. Self worship. They’re miserible and they want everybody else to be more miserible so that they can feel better about themselves. They have a need to blame someone for their problems because they refuse to take responsability for themselves. They are perfect. Everyone else is flawed.

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Hawkmoon

According to historian Tony Martin who furthered Hugh Thomas’s research into the Atlantic slave trade, the “joos” owned the slave ships. This will be very important in the upcoming Bolshevik propaganda/hate campaign for “reparations” which will greatly undermine “multicultural/democracies”.
Al Jolson was not the only joo to wear blackface from Hollyweird

Who Brought the Slaves to America? Jewish role in the trans-atlantic slave trade
http://originalpeople.org/jews-slave-trade/

Leo
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Leo

I might be wrong,but I don’t think I am,I believe The Yankees was like one of last teams to get a blackplayer. So who are they kidding?

Rich
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Rich

Thank you for writing this as I recall the same thing. I believe the Yankees had a number of black players in the minor leagues by the early 1950’s, but I think Elston Howard was the first major league black Yankee. It is well documented that George Weiss (general manager 1947 – 1960) was a racist during this period. Casey Stengel (manager 1949 – 1960) is known for yelling things like, “Get that eight ball out of there” – yelling from the dugout at other teams black players. I would say that the Yankee organization did far more to delay… Read more »

William
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William

I think the Red Sox were the last. The Boston Irish were notoriously racist as Irish immigrants competed with free blacks for low end jobs. I knew Roy White, former Yankee player. He told me that George Steinbrenner was a paranoid Nazi/racist who even tapped the phones of players. So Roy went to play in Japan

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greenworxx

This is my favorite video of Kate Smith and God Bless America.

https://youtu.be/_zF7a0wB-Lg

It makes me cry when I watch this video and think about how much our nation of Christians and patriots have lost to real evil. It’s obvious the PC police spend all of their time researching the backgrounds of notable Americans to find evidence of what they deem racist so they can change and erase history.

Franz Kindler
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Franz Kindler

God Bless Kate Smith and to blazes with the Yankees, Flyers, and all the stinking, rotten PC indoctrinated, mindless minions.

TrailDust
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And they would also have to condemn Mark Twain for using the term, “Nigger,” about a kind protagonist named Jim in Huckleberry Finn.

Disney had a lovely movie, “Song of the South,” that also featured a black man in a very favorable, kind hearted role, but because of people being offended, had to retire the movie. However, if you want to get a taste of the movie, just go to Disney World or Disneyland and take a ride on Splash Mountain. You won’t be racially offended.

“Have yourself a “zippity-doo-dah day.”