NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers Statue of Kate Smith Removed after Discovery of a ‘Dark’ History

A year after her 1986 death, the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers erected a statue to honor renowned singer Kate Smith, whose rendition of “God Bless America” was played during home games for decades, including the 2018-2019 season. But on Sunday the Flyers announced they had removed the statue, saying the team had discovered some of her songs…

The Philadelphia Flyers Remove a Statue of Kate Smith — WNEP.com

 

 

Smith’s 1931 rendition of “That’s why Darkies were Born” is by no means acceptable nor funny, but I confess that I laughed throughout the entire song; just hearing such a mindset.

Another is her 1933 recording, “Pickaninny Heaven,” which asks “colored children” living in an orphanage to dream about a magical place of “great big watermelons.”

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