New York – The Yankees have suspended the use of Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" during the seventh innings while investigating a racist allegation against the singer. The New York Daily News reported Thursday that there are conflicting claims about Smith's song "That's Why Darkies Were Born" (1939).
The song was written in 1931 in the Broadway revue "George White Scandals" and was considered a satire. It was recorded by Smith and also by Paul Robeson, who was black.
The team said in a statement, "The Yankees were alerted to an unknown shot and decided to review it immediately and carefully." The Yankees take social, racial, and cultural insensitivities very seriously, and yet they are not final Smith is dying in 1
CBS Philly reports that Smith is most famous in the Philadelphia sports scene for performing "God Bless America" prior to the 1970s Flyers games. In 1987, a year after Smith's death, the airmen erected a statue in honor of Smith outside the spectrum. This statue is now standing between the Wells Fargo Center and Xfinity Live!