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Yankees ban Kate Smith’s ‘God Bless America’ over ‘history of potential racism’

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Posted By: Ribicon, 4/18/2019 5:57:54 PM

The New York Yankees‘ anti-racism efforts have extended to pulling from their seventh-inning stretch a famous recording of the legendary Kate Smith singing “God Bless America.” Not because anyone has complained that the song is racist, but because Smith recorded other racially-insensitive standards from and during the Jim Crow era. The Yankees pulled Smith’s “God Bless America” from the rotation at the start of the season, but the New York Daily News reported the reason Thursday—“the Yankees were made aware of Smith’s history of potential racism.” According to the Daily News, the “potential racism” of which

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Remarkable. Who imported slaves into the USA to begin with? Why, it was mostly Yankee slave traders from Massachusetts. So "Yankee" itself is offensive, and also represents a grave affront to displaced Native Americans, etc. You could go on and on with this inane virtue signaling, all designed to erode the foundations of our national identity.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Cog 4/18/2019 6:00:51 PM (No. 38189)
Sounds like potential idiocy at Yankee Stadium.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: voxpopuli 4/18/2019 6:08:14 PM (No. 38157)
how about banning the name "yankees" like in yanqui go home..
they are know as oppressors south of the border..
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Reply 3 - Posted by: JunkYardDog 4/18/2019 6:10:18 PM (No. 38162)
Whoever did this is an ignoramus.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Folsomguy 4/18/2019 6:11:59 PM (No. 38156)
Nothing potential about it #1.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: qr4j 4/18/2019 6:13:56 PM (No. 38153)
Whether Kate Smith was a racist or not (I really do not know), other people have sung and recorded "God Bless America." I think the real reason for banning the song is its writer: Irving Berlin. He was a Jew.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: trackman999 4/18/2019 6:18:39 PM (No. 38150)
Irving Berlin gave the proceeds from "God Bless America " to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: paloalto 4/18/2019 6:27:39 PM (No. 38145)
I hope all the fans stand up and sing it themselves at the top of their lungs. Enough already.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: snakeoil 4/18/2019 6:28:18 PM (No. 38186)
Before the Kentucky Derby is run the Stephen Foster (a guy from Pittsburgh, PA) song My Ole Kentucky Home is played. One of the lyrics they never sing is "the Darkies are Gay" which is offensive on many levels. At one time half the radio stations in The South played Dixie until it was sent to the PC chopping block. When I was in grade school we sang Short´nin´ Bread and had no idea what it meant. Is there no end to the War on Rednecks?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: TLCary 4/18/2019 6:28:53 PM (No. 38148)
If we banned every song ever sung by a racists we would have to completely eliminate rap...
and we can´t do that, that´s racists!
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Omen55 4/18/2019 6:31:19 PM (No. 38177)
I just threw my Yankee cap away.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: udanja99 4/18/2019 6:31:41 PM (No. 38163)
If they are worried about potential racism, they should fire all of their black players. We all know that the most virulent racism in America is coming from anti-white blacks.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: lakerman1 4/18/2019 6:32:07 PM (No. 38190)
#8, isn´t My Old Kentucky Home about a slave who was sold away from his family? Stephen Foster was anti-slavery, and in a peculiar decision, his statue in Pittsburgh was taken down because a couple of black lads were sitting at his feet.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Newtsche 4/18/2019 6:33:49 PM (No. 38182)
A doll and a song are cited. I´d never heard of the song, turns out it´s a thing that has rattled around in the background of entertainment history. Bringing it up now gives it some new life and awareness, accidental, subversive or just stupid? Whatever, it´s back out there now.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Smart11344 4/18/2019 6:34:19 PM (No. 38181)
As a child in the 50´s I didn´t like the Yankees. Now, I hate them. The Brooklyn Dodgers were my team.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: suejeanne 4/18/2019 6:43:58 PM (No. 38166)
#1 it sounds to me like George Costanza is still working for the Yankees and this is his latest bright idea
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Lawsy0 4/18/2019 6:51:50 PM (No. 38164)
I am offended. Very, very offended. Who do I sue??
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Pete Stone 4/18/2019 6:52:35 PM (No. 38152)
Ironically, "That´s why Darkies were Born" was also sung by Paul Robeson, the Communist person of color. No one in the Drive-By Media will denounce him though.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: MissGrits 4/18/2019 6:52:39 PM (No. 38188)
2 things are offensive to liberal New Yorkers:
1. God bless
2. America
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Reply 19 - Posted by: mizzmac 4/18/2019 6:52:58 PM (No. 38184)
Would someone define "potential racisim" for me, please?
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Reply 20 - Posted by: HoraceR 4/18/2019 6:56:39 PM (No. 38168)
Sooner or later they´ll come for everyone. Mel Brooks is next. If you have no sense of humor you don´t comprehend parody or satire.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: kono 4/18/2019 7:01:50 PM (No. 38179)
Already predisposed to despise nearly everything about New York, this simply adds rationale to my revulsion.

´history of potential racism´ is just plain B.S. Screw the Yankees.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: cartcart 4/18/2019 7:08:56 PM (No. 38185)
If true, I renounce my 60 year loyalty as my favorite baseball team.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Bona Fides 4/18/2019 7:25:26 PM (No. 38178)
At the point of origin, who sold slaves to the white devils?
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Reply 24 - Posted by: JediJerry 4/18/2019 7:27:07 PM (No. 38143)
I sense a potential loss of fans and ticket and mercy sales. Let me know how all that works out for ya ok.
I have an old NYY T-shirt that just went into the rag bin and will be used as a shop clean up rag when I change my oil.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: ronniethek 4/18/2019 7:27:16 PM (No. 38165)
What I find interesting here is that the song is so wonderful and patriotic and having said that Kate Smith herself was a notorious anti- Semite. Don´t take my word for it look into the hotel she owned with her buddy Arthur Godfrey in Miami Beach which had a no dogs or JEWS sign. So a pox on the yankees and Smith as far as I am concerned.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: privateer 4/18/2019 7:29:46 PM (No. 38159)
Baseball is officially the sport of the braindead. Ironically, "God Bless America" was written by a Russian emigre, one Israel Bailin, who took the name "Irving Berlin". By any standards, he was one of America´s GREATEST lyricist/composers. And unlike these Noo Yawk shmoes....proud to be an AMERICAN!
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Reply 27 - Posted by: Jed 4/18/2019 7:31:18 PM (No. 38180)
Kate Smith was not a racist. I go to all the meetings and her photo is never seen, nor is her name ever mentioned.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: ladydawgfan 4/18/2019 7:32:31 PM (No. 38173)
Go Red Sox and Cubbies!! Skankees suck!!!
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Reply 29 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 4/18/2019 7:51:45 PM (No. 38161)
When libs see or hear something they don´t like--- in this case it is invoking God in a beloved song--- they call it racist, they play that tired, torn race card.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: Ruhn 4/18/2019 8:29:43 PM (No. 38167)
How charming. Yet another example of judging the past through the prism of a current cultural (and PC) standard that can’t defend itself now. This is generational snobbery.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: HammerDax56 4/18/2019 8:30:24 PM (No. 38151)
Won’t watch.
Don’t touch my Sweet Caroline either. Filthy animals.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: mgmee 4/18/2019 8:31:36 PM (No. 38172)
As a southern white male of privilege at a early age I learned when eating watermelon you eat the red parts and throw away the seeds and the green parts. I was raised of fried chicken and rice and milk gravy. To this day I still smother my pancakes with Aunt Jemima syrup.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: ginadee 4/18/2019 8:36:56 PM (No. 38146)
Oh horse pistols!
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Reply 34 - Posted by: nina584 4/18/2019 8:38:11 PM (No. 38144)
Time to ban the Yankees !
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Reply 35 - Posted by: athina 4/18/2019 8:42:58 PM (No. 38170)
They didn´t ban the song. They banned Kate Smith’s
Recording. They played it on the organ tonight, just now.
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Reply 36 - Posted by: davew 4/18/2019 8:43:35 PM (No. 38187)
This song was racist but she didn´t write it and only performed it because she was a singer under contract. There is no evidence from her personal life or thousands of other appearances that she ever endorsed or did anything considered racist and was beloved by both her white and many black fans. After this "racist" song she enjoyed a long career as a star on CBS, NBC, ABC, and other broadcast networks that never seemed to consider her a racist. The Yankees gesture may make sense from a business standpoint but it shows how cowardly they are caving to PC bullies who only have the power they are given.
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Reply 37 - Posted by: kono 4/18/2019 8:49:08 PM (No. 38174)
Nice job by #26, smearing what was, for a century or more, the American Pastime.

Whether you´d call it Kafka or Karma, I hope anybody with that condescending opinion wakes up some day in the near future with the sudden realization that - somehow, inexplicably - they´ve become rabid fans of the game.
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Reply 38 - Posted by: bldrrepub 4/18/2019 8:49:57 PM (No. 38147)
At least the Flyers will still play it.

Ed Snider, former Flyers owner and well-known Jew ,(sheesh, I can´t believe I´m typing that) originally didn´t want Kate Smith´s "God Bless America" to be played in stead of the "Star Spangled Banner". He relented after the fans heard it and loved it.

She must have come around on her antisemitism because Ed Snider was a pall-bearer at Kate Smith´s funeral.
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Reply 39 - Posted by: Michaelus 4/18/2019 8:50:59 PM (No. 38149)
Shouldn´t all of major league baseball pay reparations for not allowing athletes of color who were assigned the male sex at birth to make millions playing baseball until 1947? The Yankees waited until 1955.

Anyone remember when we really had put so much of this race hatred behind us? You know - before Obama bright it all roaring back?
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Reply 40 - Posted by: MDConservative 4/18/2019 8:59:51 PM (No. 38176)
Let´s get the outrage right:

The Yankees dropped the Smith recording.

The Yankees are using other renditions.

So, for those "outraged" by the Yankees dropping the song, becoming anti-American and all that, your outrage is misplaced.

All you Kate Smith fans are welcome to carry on.
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Reply 41 - Posted by: Chuzzles 4/18/2019 10:03:28 PM (No. 38171)
Potential racism? Not actual racism that has happened, but potential? Do these people understand that they are accusing Irving Berlin, one of America´s greatest songwriters of being a racist? That he was a proud American, and he included EVERYONE in his songs.

How antisemitic of you at the Yankees front office. The irony is dripping all over my monitor. Only racism here is their team name if you want to go there.
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Reply 42 - Posted by: SALady 4/18/2019 11:36:17 PM (No. 38158)
There is a reason that the word "Yankee" has a very bad connotation to many people south of the Mason-Dixon line to this day!!!

And the NY Yankees just made sure that everything negative we believe that word stands for is true!!!!!!!
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Reply 43 - Posted by: Strike3 4/18/2019 11:37:51 PM (No. 38183)
American pastime? Who needs to pass time watching a bunch of babies throw a little white ball around a field and occasionally hitting it with a stick. If I was that bored I would watch golf.

If you lead a busy and interesting life there is no reason to waste time by passing it on a bench in the middle of a noisy crowd while holding a ten-dollar beer.
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Reply 44 - Posted by: john56 4/18/2019 11:38:21 PM (No. 38154)
Good. Kate Smith´s "God Bless America" is considered to be a good luck charm for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team -- they realized they usually won when Kate sang the song pregame.

Hope the Yankees go on a long losing streak.
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Reply 45 - Posted by: PChristopher 4/19/2019 1:30:09 AM (No. 38160)
Cross the Yankees off the Americans list.
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Reply 46 - Posted by: William A. Hollerman 4/19/2019 11:35:14 AM (No. 38169)
Boycott the Yankees!
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Reply 47 - Posted by: Smart11344 4/19/2019 1:06:21 PM (No. 38175)
Kate Smith was "America´s Sweetheart". She may not be with us any longer, but she still is America´s Sweetheart. My apologies for a second post.
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Reply 48 - Posted by: moonlightflip 4/19/2019 4:01:46 PM (No. 38155)
Another reason to go thumbs-down on the Kees.
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Posted by Hazymac 5/21/2019 8:45:28 AM
There's a recurring theme in American science fiction where the country loses its way, endures some horrible but cleansing disaster, and then rediscovers the blessings of liberty. You'll find it in Robert Heinlein's "Future History" stories, where the Crazy Years -- a period of rapid technological advances, decaying social norms, and mass psychosis -- leads to the backlash of a religious dictatorship. The Prophets regime is eventually toppled by a liberty-loving group dedicated to individual rights. The theme is even more pronounced in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, where a socialist regime puts the country into another Great Depression, only worse. The country's capitalists
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