The Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday removed a statue of late singer Kate Smith that stood outside their arena for more than three decades, the move coming two days after the team covered the monument in response to complaints about two tunes the “God Bless America” singer performed in the 1930s.
The Flyers had covered the statue and suspended playing her famous rendition of the patriotic song Friday. The Flyers decision followed a similar one made recently by the New York Yankees, who for 18 years had played the recording during the seventh inning stretch. Smith’s statue had stood near the Philadelphia sports complex since 1987.
“The NHL principle ‘Hockey is for Everyone’ is at the heart of everything the Flyers stand for,” team president Paul Holmgren said in a statement. “As a result, we cannot stand idle while material from another era gets in the way of who we are today.”
Smith, who died in 1986 at age 79, was long considered an American icon, in large part because of her association with “God Bless America,” the 1918 Irving Berlin song she recorded in 1939. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1982.
Recently, however, the Yankees reportedly became aware Smith sang a popular 1931 song, “That’s Why Darkies Were Born.” The tune, originally written for a Broadway revue and later referenced in a Marx Brothers flick, featured lyrics such as: “Someone had to pick the cotton, Someone had to pick the corn, Someone had to slave and be able to sing, That’s why darkies were born.” Ray Henderson and Lew Brown wrote the song. Smith did not contribute words or music.
The song was considered a satire of racism in its time, with civil rights activist Paul Robeson also having recorded a version.
Detractors also note Smith recorded a song called “Pickaninny Heaven” — with “pickaninny” being a racial slur for a black child — and point to Smith’s likeness appearing in an ad for baking powder that featured a “mammy” character.
The Flyers had played Smith’s version of “God Bless America” before must-win games since 1969, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, and its record in those games was a stellar 101-31-5. She performed her rendition in person before the team captured its Stanley Cup in 1974.
The Yankees pulled “God Bless America” earlier this season after being informed about the questionable Broadway song, the New York Post reported
They are banning Kate Smith's God Bless America from sports now. Be a shame if this went viral before Twitter bans it too pic.twitter.com/5iTEtBcjJ5
— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) April 22, 2019
Kathryn Elizabeth Smith was born May 1, 1907 and passed away on June 17, 1986. Known professionally as Kate Smith and “The First Lady of Radio”, she was an American singer, a contralto, well-known for her rendition of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”, which became the most popular song on American Radio on three separate occasions. She had a radio, television, and recording career spanning five decades, which reached its pinnacle in the 1940s. Smith became known as The Songbird of the South after her enduring popularity during World War II due to her efforts in helping America to win the war. She raised $600 million to help the war effort. That’s $11 billion in today’s dollars.
And now, because she dared to sing two satirical songs about racism, those who are making a living by dividing Americans have deemed her to not be worthy to be seen or heard any more.
Kate Smith has been banished from history because of political correctness, just as “offended Liberals have been attempting to do to anything that dares remember and teach Americans about the Civil War, especially the Confederate States of America.
Since before the 2016 President Election, I have referred to those who want to be known as “The Resistance” as “The New Bolsheviks” because of the striking similarity of their actions to the ruthless aggression displayed by those who followed Vladimir Lenin in the Russian Revolution of 1918.
However, there is another group that these “brave new radicals” remind me of: the barbarians of Islamic State, or ISIS.
When they would take over a city in the Middle East, for example Palmyra, one of the first things that they would do would be to tear down the area’s historical sites, destroying any artifacts and antiquities which they did not like, in order to establish that their culture was supreme, just as Lenin’s Bolsheviks did.
“The Resistance” or protestors, if you will, who are bringing down the historical statues which I just mentioned, and who now have banished Kate Smith as Rameses did Moses, also proclaim their self-righteousness through their actions.
As an American, I see nothing different from their actions than those of the Bolsheviks and the Radical Islamists of ISIS.
The subjects of all of this censorship were Americans. In the case of the Confederate Generals, most of them were West Point Graduates who proudly served their country before the War Between the States.
The Civil War was a seminal moment in American History.
If you find the statues offensive, then that is your prerogative as an American. However, your hurt feelings do not give you just cause to attempt to erase history by pulling down a statue which is not your property.
And, how does Kate Smith singing two songs meant to ridicule racism, which Black Communist Activist Paul Robeson (“Ol’ Man River) himself sang make her memory worthy of the treatment which she and her signature song “God Bless America” have received?
History cannot be hidden, nor can it be changed through violent acts in the present. It just is.
Those statues were put in place so that Americans might learn about those historical figures and learn FROM them, as well.
Kate Smith was a patriot who was simply a product of her times.
And that brings me to very important point: Lenin’s Bolsheviks and ISIS also destroyed historical artifacts in order to make the populace “malleable” and “agreeable”.
Without their history there to remind them through statues, buildings and antiquities, the populace would lose their sense of “country”, not to mention knowledge of how their nation had evolved and changed into what they had become comfortable with.
These New Bolsheviks who are censoring history do not understand that in order to be properly educated as an American Citizen, you need to be aware of our Sovereign Nation’s History and reminded of it constantly, the good and the bad, so that our nation does not lose our cherished liberty which was bought by the blood of those before us.
So why, all of a sudden are these statues and, for gosh sakes, Kate Smith, which have been a part of our nation’s history for so long, so offensive?
Perhaps because they stand in the way of those who would replace our Constitutional Republic with a Marxist form of government…like “Democratic Socialism”.
After all, those with a proper knowledge of history and a strong sense of American Patriotism would not make very good “useful idiots”.
Until He Comes,