Flyers remove statue of late singer Kate Smith amid allegations of racism

The Philadelphia Flyers have removed a statue of late singer Kate Smith outside the team's arena, two days after covering it amid allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of "God Bless America."

News 12 Staff

Apr 22, 2019, 11:31 AM

Updated 1,854 days ago

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The Philadelphia Flyers have removed a statue of late singer Kate Smith outside the team's arena, two days after covering it amid allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of "God Bless America."
On Friday, the Flyers said Smith's "God Bless America" recording had been removed from their library, following baseball's New York Yankees.
The Yankees suspended use of Smith's recording during the seventh-inning stretch amid conflicting claims about several of her songs, including a 1939 song "That's Why the Darkies Were Born."
The tune originated in the 1931 Broadway revue "George White's Scandals," and was considered satire at the time.
Smith's likeness also appears in a 1939 ad that heavily uses the mammy caricature, one of the most well-known racist depictions of black women.
Smith's connection with the Flyers started in 1969 when a team executive ordered her version of "God Bless America" to be played instead of "The Star Spangled Banner."
That led to her performing the song several times before games in the 1970s. A year after her 1986 death, the team erected the statue.
AP wire services helped contribute to this report.


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