Flyers cut Kate Smith recordings, cover her statue after 'offensive lyrics' come to light

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Flyers cut Kate Smith recordings, cover her statue after ‘offensive lyrics’ come to light

The Flyers are removing Kate Smith’s recordings of “God Bless America” and covering her statue after racist lyrics from the 1930s came to light.


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More than 30 years after the death of Kate Smith, who famously sang “God Bless America” before Philadelphia Flyers games, the team has cut recordings of the singer it used to play on the scoreboard for good luck. The team also covered a statue of Smith that stands outside the arena.

The Flyers followed the footsteps of the New York Yankees, who have also stopped using recordings of Smith singing “God Bless America,” after a report from the New York Daily News highlighted a racist song that was a top-20 hit in 1931.  

Smith’s recording of a song entitled “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” included lyrics, “Someone had to pick the cotton, someone had to pick the corn, someone had to slave and be able to sing.”

The Flyers released…

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