NEW YORK – The Yankees have stopped using Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" during the seventh innings while investigating a racism allegation against the deceased singer.
The New York Daily News reported Thursday there are conflicting claims about Smith's 1939 song "That's Why Darkies Were Born". The song was written in 1931 in the Broadway revue "George White & # 39; s Scandals" and was considered a satire, but includes racist language. It was recorded by Smith and also by Paul Robeson, who was black.
The team said in a statement, "The Yankees have been alerted to an unknown recording and have decided to check it immediately and carefully." The Yankees take social, racial, and cultural insensitivities very seriously, and yet they are not final We are mistaken on the side of sensitivity. "
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On Friday, the NHL Philadelphia Flyers announced their intention to distance themselves from Smith and their rendition of the song.
The songs played by Kate Smith contain offensive lyrics that do not reflect our values as an organization, "the team said in a statement," as we continue to address this serious issue, we remove Kate Smith's recording of God Bless America "from our library and cover up the statue standing outside our arena."