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Yankees get rid of Kate Smith’s ‘God Bless America’ because of singer’s other songs about black people

Kate Smith's 1939 rendition of "God Bless America" is  officially out  at New York's Yankee Stadium during the seventh-i...

Kate Smith's 1939 rendition of "God Bless America" is officially out at New York's Yankee Stadium during the seventh-inning stretch because of Smith's other songs, which are purportedly racially charged.

What are the details?

The Yankees announced Thursday that they will no longer play Smith's version of the song because she sang other songs with purportedly racist lyrics.
Following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner insisted that "God Bless America" — with Smith's version in regular rotation— be played during the seventh-inning stretch.
In March, the team became aware of the potential racial connotations in Smith's musical history and opted to cut her version of the song altogether, replacing it with an instrumental version of the song.
A spokesperson for the team told New York Daily News, "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 club added that they would rather err on the side of caution and "sensitivity" rather than potentially offend someone by playing the 80-year-old — and perhaps most recognizable — version of the song.
"The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously," the statement explained. "And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity."
Smith's song catalogue includes 1931's " That's Why Darkies Were Born," which had lyrics that said: "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's history has been questioned in the past, with some critics calling it outright racist, while others said that song was a satirical take onracism and white supremacy.
According to the Daily News, Smith also recorded "Pickaninny Heaven," which was directed at "colored children" who fantasize about frolicking in a place with "great big watermelons."
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  1. It's just completely appropriate.

    The other songs were really seriously racist, with no qualification.

  2. Any complaints about slavery should be directed to your "brothers" (OBAMA'S ANCESTORS) back in Africa who dragged you out of the bush and SOLD YOU to the Jewish financed YANKEE Slavers. NOT to the 99% of Whites who had nothing to do with it. Even at the peak of American slavery, only a tiny percentage of American whites–about 1.5%–owned slaves.
    Reparations? Get them from your BROTHERS back in Africa who captured you and sold you to the Jewish slave traders........ Like the OBAMAS
    Tearing down symbols of SLAVERY????? NEXT they will demand MYSTIC Seaport be closed because it has sailing ships and YANKEE sea captains ran the slave ships. OH! and all those "Tall Ships" celebrations are RACIST TOO..
    Wearing COTTON is a reminder of slavery ..... no Black should ever wear cotton .....

  3. Excellent facts

    And also, of all of the slaves that were exported from Africa, only 5% of them came to America. The other 95% went to Europe, South America, and the Caribbean

    But America is the monster. America must pony up reparations.

  4. Did you know that Africa was enslaving her own people thousands of years before a white man set foot on the Dark Continent? That white American slavery laid the foundation for black American slavery? That Africa enslaved 1.5 million whites in the 1700s? That genuine slavery was never practiced in the South? That the American slave trade got its start in the North? That the American abolition movement began in the South? That five times more blacks fought for the rebels? Did you know that there were thousands of African-American and American Indian slave owners in early America? That less than 5% of white Southerners owned slaves? That the Emancipation Proclamation did not free a single slave—and was not meant to? That until the last day of his life Lincoln campaigned to have all blacks deported to Africa? That Jefferson Davis abolished the foreign slave trade before Lincoln? That Davis adopted a black child during the war?
    The 1st legal slave owner in Colonial America was a black man named, Anthony Johnson, who owned a farm in Virginia with indentured servants black and white as his laborers. When their contracts expired he let the whites go but took the black man, John Casor, to court in 1654 to keep as his slave. He won in 1655 and that legalized slavery in the Colonies. slaves were legal and all owners were legal owners he was the first to use a court to declare an indentured a slave for life after his contract was fulfilled. Something to remember when assholes try to claim white slaves were only endetured servants. Which is bullshit to start with as Britain sold shitloads of Irish as straight slaves.

  5. Now you too can harvest and sell those tasty slaves for human consumption like the African tribes did, and your first step is to get the best tools for the job.

    Start here, with this authentic African Konda Sword, only used for preparing Sunday dinners so it still has lots of edge to it:

  6. Great context. It has nothing to do with the current circumstances or this article.

  7. Do not attend any events or games at these arenas, if you continue to be silent this will only get worse. The best way you can fight now is with the purse strings.