• News
  • Culture&Arts

Philadelphia Flyers remove statue of Kate Smith over racist songs

Philadelphia Flyers remove statue of Kate Smith over racist songs

National Hockey League team the Philadelphia Flyers have officially removed a statue of singer Kate Smith outside their stadium, after the team's management said they learnt that some of her songs contained "racist lyrics and sentiments".

The Philadelphia Flyers have removed a statue of Kate Smith from outside the team's arena following allegations of racism against the late singer, team officials said.

"While Kate Smith's performance of "God Bless America" can not be erased from its place in Flyers history", the Flyers added, "that rendition will no longer be featured in our game presentations".

"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 to CNN.

"I'm appalled", Suzy Andron, Smith's niece, told CBS Philadelphia.

The Yankees suspended use of Smith's recording during the seventh-inning stretch amid conflicting claims about several of her songs, including a 1939 number entitled, 'That's Why the Darkies Were Born'. The song was also covered by African-American singer and activist Paul Robeson. 'As a result, we can not stand idle while material from another era gets in the way of who we are today'. "Because they're misguided. They don't understand what kind of a person Kate Smith was".

- The mayor of Wildwood told a local radio show that Kate Smith's "God Bless America" will continue to play on the boardwalk amid racism allegations.

"At the height of her career, during World War II, she repeatedly was named one of the three or four most popular women in America", Smith's 1986 New York Times obituary reads. "And to ensure the sentiments stirred this week are no longer echoed, earlier today we completed the removal of the Kate Smith statue from its former location outside the arena".

Smith is best known for introducing the country to the song 'God Bless America'.

Smith's 1931 song "That's Why Darkies Were Born" was at the heart of the current controversy. Her performances of the song helped sell hundreds of millions of dollars worth of war bonds.

She sang "Pickaninny Heaven", dedicating it in a 1933 video to "colored children" in a New York City orphanage.

But Troiano believes the song in question was not meant to offend anyone, explaining it was originally created in 1931 for "George White's Scandals" Broadway revue, which is a popular theatrical form of entertainment comprising of multiple acts, music, dance, and sketches.

The decision to ditch Smith for racist songs that were recorded almost 90 years ago was widely panned, with Smith's family saying that they were "appalled" by the decision.

"Someone had to pick the cotton, someone had to plant the corn, someone had to slave and be able to sing, that's why darkies were born", go the lyrics.

Smith's family says the Flyers should rethink their decision.

All of that changed last week after Smith's role in a questionable song performed 90 years ago was randomly uncovered.

Leave Your Comment

Leave Your Comment

Latest News

Breaking News


New photos mark first birthday of Britain's Prince Louis

The post went on to explain that the pictures were taken by Louis' mother earlier this month at the family home in the Norfolk. The photos are the first photos of Louis - who bears a striking resemblance to his mum - since his christening a year ago .

Quake kills at least 11, 24 missing in northern Philippines

At least eight people were killed in the natural disaster when several buildings collapsed, trapping dozens beneath the rubble. The government declared Tuesday a holiday for civil servants in Metro Manila to allow for safety inspections of buildings.

Anti-Haftar forces launch counter-attack near Tripoli

The UN agency wrote on Twitter on Sunday that at least 227 people have been killed and more than 1 125 injured in the violence. It was not clear whether an aircraft or unmanned drone was behind the strike, which triggered heavy anti aircraft fire.

Major League Baseball hands down suspensions in Royals-White Sox incident

Keller's - who was suspended for five games - and Anderson's suspensions are subject to appeal, Torre noted. Anderson has a batting average of.422 with four home runs and 12 RBIs on the season.

AG WIlliam Barr delivers breakdown of the Mueller report pre-release

But that didn't stop Trump from taking a public victory lap, declaring at a White House event that he was having "a good day". Mr Barr said that he and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, concluded this did not equate to obstruction of justice. "Absolutely no.

Pioneer Tunnel Holds Easter Egg Hunt and Train Rides

Do not forget to bring your own basket! The Annual Spring Easter Festival kicks off at 11 a.m.in Lehighton at the Rec. What's better than an Easter egg hunt? The event will be held rain, snow or shine, so dress children accordingly.

Over 100 Car2Go vehicles stolen in Chicago

CBS Chicago reporter Brad Edwards wrote on his personal Twitter account that numerous stolen cars were used to commit crimes. He declined to comment on details of the incident due to there being an ongoing police investigation.

Clippers stun Warriors with biggest comeback in playoff history

So things are all even in those two Western Conference first-round series, which resume with a pair of Game 3s on Thursday night. Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors in the loss with 29 points, while Kevin Durant had 21 points.

Netflix adds 9.6M subscribers in 1Q as competition heats up

Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus both promise ad-free, premium TV shows and movies. Q1 revenues were $4.52 billion, up 22.1%, beating a forecast of $4.49 billion.

Masters 2019: Tiger Woods claims 5th US Masters title

That has stood as Augusta's defining moment for years. "I learned from those, and was able to seal the deal today". So maybe next time it will be better for me, but it was nice to be out with him.