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Both the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Flyers have reacted to an allegation of racism against Kate Smith, the late singer who performed a 1939 rendition of “God Bless America” played at both teams’ home games.
Smith sang songs titled “Pickaninny Heaven” and “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” although the latter has been classified as satire and was also recorded by black singer Paul Robeson.
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Shortly after, the Flyers said Friday that Smith’s song is out at the Wells Fargo Center and covered up a World War II-era statue of the singer outside their arena, reported CBS Sports.
“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,” the team said in a statement according to The AP.
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The Yankees played an organ version of “God Bless America” on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Flyers began using Smith’s recording in 1969, far earlier than the Yankees. Smith even performed the song at a Flyers...
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