The New York Yankees have put an end to use of “God Bless America” by famed contralto Kate Smith because they now fear some of her other songs may be “racist.”
Now, before we go on, Kate Smith died in 1986 and was the toast of the nation for 50 years before that. She was a major star and the voice of America from the 1940s onward. Remember… it was the 1940s, a completely different era. An era when music was far different than today.
Well, the social justice dopes in New York somehow juuuust discovered that things were different in the 1940s. And now they think Kate Smith was a raging racist.
You know, despite that there really isn’t any proof that she was, you know, a raging racist.
According to the Washington Times:
The Yankees pulled Smith’s “God Bless America” from the rotation at the start of the season, but the New York Daily News reported the reason Thursday — “the Yankees were made aware of Smith’s history of potential racism.”
According to the Daily News, the “potential racism” of which the Yankees were made aware included that she recorded “Pickaninny Heaven,” a jingle about black children where, among other things, they fantasize about “great big watermelons.” She recorded a film clip to promote the song at a black orphanage and, the Daily News reported, “much of the imagery is startlingly racist.”
Smith recorded a list of songs and did some things that might make people cringe a bit today.
For instance, there was the “mammy doll” she endorsed in 1939. It is a black doll that sort of resembles the black character Aunt Jemima.
In her song, “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” she sings “someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born..”
The Times added:
That song also was recorded by black activist Paul Robeson and was at the time considered a satirical put-down of racist ideas, albeit using language that would never pass muster now, the Daily News reported.
But, because liberals are stupid… instead of just realizing that things were different in the 1940s, the Yankees banished Kate Smith:
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.
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