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Flyers following Yankees lead and are dumping Kate Smith’s ‘God Bless America’ over her racist lyrics

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Posted By: Ribicon, 4/19/2019 6:40:54 PM

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

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Reply 1 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 4/19/2019 6:43:57 PM (No. 39332)
This is simply pathetic.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: JediJerry 4/19/2019 6:52:46 PM (No. 39338)
It was musical Americana and how it was in those days. Nothing racist in anyway at the time. Get over it. Totally pathetic.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: udanja99 4/19/2019 6:59:48 PM (No. 39325)
Because so many blacks are into ice hockey?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: earlybird 4/19/2019 7:01:18 PM (No. 39304)
Didn’t Hitler and the Nazi regime do a lot of “cleansing”? That’s what this sounds like.

None of this superficial posturing will change history. None of it will placate the perpetually aggrieved for long.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: DVC 4/19/2019 7:01:43 PM (No. 39324)
So she sang an old song so she needs to be hated forever?

That song was not out of line then, was an old song and who knows what she thought of the meaning of it?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Wendybird 4/19/2019 7:02:12 PM (No. 39337)
Do you suppose that there is anything anywhere that democrats-liberals-socialists can’t get insulted and worked up about? There should be a cash reward if anyone can discover that thing. Perhaps that would get their interest.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: GO3 4/19/2019 7:08:36 PM (No. 39308)
Outside of the DC swamp, is there a bigger bunch of numbskulls than pro sports team owners?
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rumblehog 4/19/2019 7:09:00 PM (No. 39319)
Wow, let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: skacmar 4/19/2019 7:09:32 PM (No. 39305)
Let me get this straight.. Kate Smith sang songs that were popular at the time and were part of the culture and were enjoyed by everyone. Nobody complained that Kate Smith sang the other songs, they just contained antiquated language that someone might construe as racist if they really wanted to look for something to be upset about. The PC police had to come in and ban not just the songs that they considered potentially racist, they had to ban all song that Kate Smith sings just because she had been their singer. This is CRAZY! So much of the past will need to be banned because someone might have potentially said something at sometime that would offend someone.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Northcross 4/19/2019 7:12:59 PM (No. 39322)
Unless Flyer fans revolt, the progressive thought police have won another round.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: davew 4/19/2019 7:15:33 PM (No. 39321)
The song "That´s What Darkies Are For" is no more racist than "Old Man River" from "Showboat". The lyrics are a lament by working class people about their unfair burden of labor in the world. If this song was racist why did the world renowned baritone Paul Robeson also record it? Its no more racist than Billie Holiday´s song "Strange Fruit" which would have been too scandalous to sing in 1931.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: MeiDei 4/19/2019 7:24:53 PM (No. 39299)
If you remember - Michelle 0 promised to rewrite American history ... usually history is what the victor says it is. Guess who believes they won - who are letting them?
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Reply 13 - Posted by: snakeoil 4/19/2019 7:25:37 PM (No. 39296)
At the time Kate Smith sang politically offensive songs they weren´t considered offensive. Al Jolson singing Mammy in black face has always seemed silly to me. But not offensive. It´s just what past for entertainment way back then. There was no problem when Noble Johnson, a black actor, appeared in white face in the movie Most Dangerous Game. There are CDs of Kate singing " That`s Why Darkies Were Born" available. Think I´ll buy one before the purge.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: liberty316 4/19/2019 7:28:41 PM (No. 39307)
Abbott and Costello first performed their iconic Who´s on First routine on The Kate Smith Hour back in 1938. So we can no longer listen to that skit. I guess we should also hate Abbott and Costello, too, and comedians in general, comedy teams... and the skit appeared on radio so we can´t listen to radio, either. I´m surprised they haven´t already thought of that because of Amos and Andy. Should attack the year as well... 1938 introduced Superman to the world, so he´s racist also. Gone with the Wind... well, that one is obvious. And 1938 is part of the 20th Century, so we must attack the whole century as racist as well... and, by that logic, centuries are simply measurements of time devised by humans so we have to realize that all of human history is racist. Guess we just need to nuke the entire planet, wipe ourselves out, and hope God allows life to arises from the nuclear ashes in a few million years... somehow, though, I bet, the life that arises from those ashes will be racist, too.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: ginadee 4/19/2019 7:30:23 PM (No. 39303)
Why is lyrics to a song honoring America a racist song? Who writes lyrics to a song with ´racist overtones´?
For what it´s worth, I love "God Bless America" and I love Kate Smith singing it.
My grandmother used to watch The Kate Smith Show decades ago. That is where I learned to like her and the song "God Bless America."
When Jesus walked this earth, he changed water into wine. Today, everything we Americans love is being turned into something racist.
What Jesus did was a miracle. What is happening today is not a miracle but the tearing at the threads of patriotic cloth that made America great.
What can we do? Get out the vote for President Trump for 2020.
MAGA...KAG...and God Bless America!
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Reply 16 - Posted by: sw penn 4/19/2019 7:32:21 PM (No. 39326)
Given baseballs´ history of racism Mr. Robinson,
shouldn´t that game just be banned
and all these millionaires forced
to find productive employment?
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Jed 4/19/2019 7:44:36 PM (No. 39309)
Didn´t the NYY at one time not even allow blacks on their team?
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna 4/19/2019 7:50:41 PM (No. 39310)
This is how the thought police lead to the pogroms which lead to the re-education camps which lead to the death camps.

Welcome to 1934 Germany.

How did it happen ?

It happened just like this.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Lawsy0 4/19/2019 7:51:11 PM (No. 39295)
First, they came for football. Now, they´re after baseball. I think Kate Smith has nothing to do with it, but this is all about that marvelous all American musical genius, Irving Berlin.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: happywarrior 4/19/2019 7:53:42 PM (No. 39340)
I wondered when they were going to get their evil hands on baseball. And so it begins.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 4/19/2019 7:53:47 PM (No. 39331)
Just remember, the people upset with Kate Smith are fine with someone saying ´God damn America´.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Calico Al 4/19/2019 8:08:23 PM (No. 39306)
Is there any ever mention of Bob Byrd and the KKK? I believe there are a lot of streets named after him.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Smart11344 4/19/2019 8:14:56 PM (No. 39335)
There have been some wonderful black entertainers, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Al Hibbler and many more. Kate Smith was "Americas Sweetheart". She was blessed with a beautiful voice and made a major hit recording of Irving Berlin´s God Bless America. Irving Berlin wrote the song long before we ever heard. When contacted by Kate or on of her associates, he dug it up out of his archives. I´m sure glad he did. It, to me is our second National Anthem.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: NorthernDog 4/19/2019 8:19:42 PM (No. 39320)
I think what really offends them is ´God Bless America´.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: mc squared 4/19/2019 8:22:01 PM (No. 39329)
I used to be thankful that I only wished that NFL should rot in Hades after the knee business.
Guess it´s all sports teams now.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Shmowry1 4/19/2019 8:22:22 PM (No. 39315)
Bet they still play Michael jackson songs at their stadiums.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: voxpopuli 4/19/2019 8:27:35 PM (No. 39323)
lotta people appeared in DansonFace..
Judy Garland
Bing Crosby
Al Jolson

TED DANSON..
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Reply 28 - Posted by: aasilver 4/19/2019 8:32:49 PM (No. 39336)
Time to ban ALL Rappers. Their songs are racist and misogynist.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: Skinnydip 4/19/2019 8:36:28 PM (No. 39328)
Where’s Aunt Jemima when we need her? Best pancakes ever.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: WesternTradition 4/19/2019 8:41:32 PM (No. 39313)
Never thought in a million years the Flyers would even conceive of this insanity. NEVER!
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Reply 31 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 4/19/2019 9:25:57 PM (No. 39300)
OK..... how many players in the NHL are black?
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Reply 32 - Posted by: red1066 4/19/2019 9:34:44 PM (No. 39302)
Well that´s it. The Flyers will never win the Stanley Cup again. During their Stanley Cup wins, playing Kate Smith´s version of "God Bless America". Not only did it fire up the fans, but the players came out with fire in their eyes and played like it. When the Red Army´s hockey came to North America to play NHL teams about 40 years ago, the Soviet team ate up every NHL team they played until they got to Philly. They played Kate Smith and the Flyers mauled the Soviets to the point they didn´t want to come out and play the second period. The NHL told the Soviets, "If you don´t come out and finish the game, you don´t get paid." The Russians came out, got schooled, and limped their way back to home after losing 4-0.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: Tianne 4/19/2019 9:39:28 PM (No. 39301)
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Reply 34 - Posted by: rochow 4/19/2019 9:41:36 PM (No. 39317)
This is really ´sicko´! I´ll just open the windows and will blare her thundering ´God Bless America´!
Who is next? George Washington? Abe Lincoln? When are we going to see films or in print how Arabs to this day buy slaves from Africa. Have dealt in slavery over 1000 years before others followed suit.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: bogeegolf 4/19/2019 9:46:41 PM (No. 39314)
I was so hoping this bs wouldn’t come to hockey or golf I hope they lose fans.
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Reply 36 - Posted by: Chuzzles 4/19/2019 10:03:47 PM (No. 39341)
I don´t think these two teams have figured out their own bigotry and antisemitism yet. Irving Berlin was one of the greatest songwriters in the history of our country. He loved America, and to say his music was racist is just ridiculous. I mean come on, white with foam?? What color do these people think the surf and waves are? They aren´t black, brown or yellow. They are white. Get over it. I note the media is ignoring the antisemitism as well.

Now how about that name Yankee? That could be construed as a symbol of racism/slavery as well. And Flyer used to be what Hollywood movie studios called gay men back then. These teams need to watch out how much trouble they want to borrow.
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Reply 37 - Posted by: edgar 4/19/2019 10:03:51 PM (No. 39311)
So, is this first step for the Flyers attempting to move on from the 70´s?
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Reply 38 - Posted by: kewmac 4/19/2019 10:35:20 PM (No. 39312)
I am really done with professional sports of all kinds. The owners, management and players are worthless human beings. I do not need to send my money to them. I am also done with politicians that send taxpayer money to fund the sports businesses. I am talking about you Scott Walker!
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Reply 39 - Posted by: john56 4/20/2019 12:10:10 AM (No. 39330)
Are the Flyers still in the NHL playoffs? I guess they just trash-canned their best "lucky charm," playing Kate Smith and God Bless America.

Seems I remember seeing a stat that whenever the song was played (with Kate singing) was something like 36-1 (in the late 70s).
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Reply 40 - Posted by: velirotta 4/20/2019 12:10:56 AM (No. 39333)
I wish I hadn´t quit all pro sports years ago. I really would like to quit them again.
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Reply 41 - Posted by: question_complexity 4/20/2019 2:18:56 AM (No. 39318)
On a related note, every library and bookstore that ever had "Little Black Sambo" on their shelves must now be shut down.
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Reply 42 - Posted by: DVC 4/20/2019 3:26:27 AM (No. 39339)
But it is entirely OK that the Virginia govenor appeared in blackface and that the Lt. Gov is an accused rapist.
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Reply 43 - Posted by: Strike3 4/20/2019 3:46:12 AM (No. 39297)
I don´t watch the big kids hitting that little white ball with a stick and I don´t watch the fat kids with missing teeth skating around on the ice and knocking each other into walls. I have too many useful things to do.

If not for the illusion that sports are important enough to watch, if these low-IQ, overfed, trained monkeys were not supported by idle people with money they would be working in some factory and being controlled by a democrat labor union. That goes for the big round ball and the funny oval ball teams too.
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Reply 44 - Posted by: LadyChurchillUSA 4/20/2019 3:54:11 AM (No. 39334)
It seems to me that all the rap songs should be taken off the air because almost all of them are definitely offensive, and they should be forced to donate all the money they made from them. Careful what you wish for nitwits. Soon you will not only not be able to speak or sing; you won´t even be able to listen.
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Reply 45 - Posted by: LadyChurchillUSA 4/20/2019 4:00:14 AM (No. 39298)
Someone mentioned Amos and Andy, they were two of the funniest men on the air and as a child I loved watching them. They were a black Abbott and Costello as far as I was concerned but then I wasn´t a racist then but now I know I really was because I enjoyed watching them. The race card is the most pathetic card in the deck and why people allow it to be played is beyond me. Grow up. I hope the Flyer fans bring recordings of Kate to the arena and play it and stand and cheer for her. This is a disgrace.
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Reply 46 - Posted by: Goose 4/20/2019 6:34:37 AM (No. 39327)
When will the Disney folks commit ritual seppuku because of, you know, Song of the South? Zipadeedoodah is so racisssss. Boycott Disney NOW.
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Reply 47 - Posted by: voxpopuli 4/20/2019 8:34:39 AM (No. 39316)
Better download Kate Smith and Song of the South while you can..
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is making it 'more difficult' not to consider
impeachment
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Posted by Hazymac 5/21/2019 11:38:19 AM
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, accused the White House of "intimidating" former White House Counselor Don McGahn from testifying on Capitol Hill and said it was becoming "more and more difficult" to not consider President Trump's impeachment on Monday night. Nadler told CNN anchor Chris Cuomo that his committee will hold McGahn "in contempt" for not complying with the subpoena and will take the battle to court. "You are dealing with a lawless president who is willing to go to any lengths to prevent testimony that might implicate him, that does implicate him," Nadler said. Nadler expressed that Trump's "lawless behavior"
Self-driving trucks begin mail
delivery test for U.S. Postal Service
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Posted by NorthernDog 5/21/2019 10:30:55 AM
The U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday started a two-week test transporting mail across three Southwestern states using self-driving trucks, a step forward in the effort to commercialize autonomous vehicle technology for hauling freight. San Diego-based startup TuSimple said its self-driving trucks will begin hauling mail between USPS facilities in Phoenix and Dallas to see how the nascent technology might improve delivery times and costs. A safety driver will sit behind the wheel to intervene if necessary and an engineer will ride in the passenger seat. If successful, it would mark an achievement for the autonomous driving industry and a possible
Democrats Embrace Socialism:Are We
Headed Towards 'Atlas Shrugged'?
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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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