Bronx Bomber Fans Boycotting Over Kate Smith ‘God Bless America’ Ban

Bronx Bomber Fans Boycotting Over Kate Smith ‘God Bless America’ Ban

Bronx Bomber Fans Boycotting Over Kate Smith ‘God Bless America’ Ban

Three weeks ago the news broke that some SJW busy body found that Kate Smith had sung some racist songs. Thus leading the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Flyers to bow to political correctness. Kate Smith’s beautiful rendition of ‘God Bless America’ was banned and her statue covered up. Well, quite a number of Bronx Bomber fans think this move is ludicrous and are boycotting.

“One superfan told the team he was “boycotting the Yankees until Kate Smith is back, otherwise I am kissing a half century of loyalty goodbye.”

Bronx-born Bombers diehard James Foley fired off an angry missive to Yankee owner Hal Steinbrenner, snarling, “Your father [George Steinbrenner] is turning in his grave.”

Foley reasoned that if the Yankees judged past and current employees as they did Smith, Babe Ruth and other legends would be scrubbed from the stadium next.

“Why not purge the lot of them and be honest about your political correctness. Remove the plaques from Monument Park,” he wrote.”

For those catching up, the songs that Kate Smith sang back in the day were songs that had racist lyrics. One was titled “That’s Why the Darkies Were Born.” Never mind that even famous black singer Paul Robeson sang those very same songs, Kate Smith was white – therefore the SJW police went after her. Paul singing those songs is no problem because he fits the narrative. Kate Smith was white – and white is BAD! these days.

Understandably, after the news broke of the ban, Kate Smith’s family was quite upset. 

“The people on the Yankees who did this are cowards,” said a furious Suzy Andron, 72, of the team’s decision to stop playing Smith’s 1938 recording of the patriotic favorite.

~Snip

““Aunt Kathryn didn’t have a racist bone in her body. She loved everybody,” Andron insisted.

“We’re just shocked and aghast,” she told The Post from her home in Raleigh, N.C. “I’d like to know who made this decision — this cowardly decision. The Yankees have not called. This was out of the blue.”

The Androns read of the snub in the newspaper, including a Yankee statement that said they had become “aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information. The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.””

As Suzy Andron points out, the Yankee organization obviously didn’t do their homework. If Kate was that much of a racist, she wouldn’t have been among the very first to invite Josephine Baker to appear on Smith’s national television show in 1951 after Baker famously refused to sing before segregated audiences.

None of that matters you see. Kate Smith had the audacity to be white and sing racist songs back in the day. When it is pointed out that many of the atrocious rap songs today contain racist words and phrases. the pithy rebuttal is … “THAT’S DIFFERENT!!”

No, no it isn’t. But the idiotic SJW crowd will never understand that banning all things in the name of political correctness will always show their hypocrisy and come back to bite them in the ass.

The Philadelphia Flyers aren’t exempt from criticism on this either.

Banning history in the name of political correctness is harmful to us all. 

“Suzy Andron said she wants the original accusers who branded her aunt a racist to come out of the shadows. “We don’t understand why these people — the cowards — would pick on somebody who has been dead for 33 years,” she said.”

I couldn’t agree more. The fact that the accusations were made about a public figure long dead and done so under the cloak of anonymity should trouble us all. The fact that the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Flyers treated these anonymous accusations as viable is infuriating.

I read the following somewhere recently and it has stuck with me.

Judging the past by the morality of the present never ends well. We should only judge by the morality of that time period.

Kate Smith was a product of her time and her work should not be diminished nor dismissed because of what and who we are today.

Feature Photo Credit: Bettman Archive via New York Post, cropped and modified

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16 Comments
  • Scott says:

    Kate is an icon, and as a lifelong Flyers fan, I hope that Broad Street Bully fans boycott as well. And if this stupidity isn’t reversed, I hope Kate puts a hex on em from beyond the grave that makes the Curse of the Bambino look like a joke!
    People have GOT to stand up to these SJZ’s, and tell them to pound sand, or we as a country are lost!

    God Bless America, and you Kate!

  • Meremortal says:

    This removal frenzy isn’t about racism. It’s about destroying American history and replacing it with commie crap. Everything from the Left is about destroying America. Their hero is Barack Obama, who said America needed to be fundamentally transformed. He never said what America was going to be transformed into, but we can tell where he was headed by his actions.

    The Left hates Trump for loving America.

    The Right hates Barack Obama for hating America.

    • GWB says:

      You nailed it. It’s called “Year Zero”:

      The idea behind Year Zero is that all culture and traditions within a society must be completely destroyed or discarded and a new revolutionary culture must replace it, starting from scratch. All history of a nation or people before Year Zero is deemed largely irrelevant, as it will ideally be purged and replaced from the ground up.

      (from Wikipedia)
      It was also called “Year One” as it related to the French Revolution – but the same concept.

      • Russ Wood says:

        Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! The Left (across the world – not just in the USA) have never seemed to learn from Santayana’s quote “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”.

  • Mary Potter says:

    I remember hearing Kate Smith sing “GOD BLESS AMERICA”, as a child during WW2. It was a comfort and inspiration to everyone during those dark days. What weasel’s we have today. This hate America must stop.

  • GWB says:

    Kate Smith had sung some racist songs
    You *really* need scare quotes around “racist”. The songs weren’t racist.

    One was titled “That’s Why the Darkies Were Born.”
    Yes, and it was part of a play, and was intended to be ironic. Which is why Paul Robeson could sing it. It’s like the idiots proclaiming Song of the South to be racist because a slave was happy.

    Why not purge the lot of them
    Well, that’s the goal. Year Zero can have no heroes except from the struggle of the proletariat. And even they can be airbrushed from the photos when necessary.

    we are erring on the side of sensitivity
    No, you’re erring on the side of being p***ies. And cowards. Yeah, Kate’s family has you nailed on that one.

    and sing not racist songs back in the day
    FIFY

    “THAT’S DIFFERENT!!”
    Well, it IS different. Many of today’s rap songs are actually racist sung by actual racists.

    the accusations were made about a public figure long dead
    Like John Wayne? Yes, it’s all about creating a Year Zero.

    I disagree wholeheartedly with the “judge by their standards”. I insist by judging on universal, timeless standards. I give allowances for the time and situation, however.
    I also have learned to divide persons into their admirable qualities and their repulsive ones. No human being should suffer hagiography for more than that which made them great. The progressives f* this up all the time (“they’re a celebrity! and therefore know all about science and politics and sh*t!”) – and so do some conservatives.

  • sestamibi says:

    I grew up just a few blocks from Yankee Stadium. As recently as the mid-90s one could still get a ticket in the nosebleed section for $12-15.

    I’ve long been gone from the Bronx, but when back in the area for a visit in 2010 took son and nephew to a game a d to visit the new stadium. $60 per ticket for the cheapest seats, and $23 for parking.

    That alone was enough not to go back. Now I have another reason.

    • sestamibi says:

      PS. And don’t get me started about the Chicago Cubs banning a spectator for flashing a purportedly racist hand signal . . .

  • dixiechi says:

    Making a huge deal of trying to race shame everyone who was respected prior to 1964 has no up side that I can see. You only make the people who care mad and the people who don’t care (most of us) even more indifferent. I quit watching the NFL over this kind of idiocy and it looks like baseball is next. On the bright side, maybe they will bring back bullfighting.

  • SFC D says:

    So let’s look at Major League Baseball as a whole. Black players were pointedly barred for decades. Therefore, Major League Baseball is deeply rooted in racism, and therefore must be shut down, the stadiums razed, and the land planted with sustainable, non-gmo, gluten-free, organic vegetables.

  • Daniel Staggers says:

    I left the Yankees last year over Nike. They only thing I want from Nike is talk about sneakers! PERIOD! The boss would have thrown Nike out of the entire MLB for just DARING to bring politics into his stadium. The Yankees sent me a very polite “Dear John, F U letter. Hearing about Kate Smith, why was blackface at a time the Yankees didn’t even allow blacks to play for them came as no surprise to me.

    • Daniel Staggers says:

      Correction: I left the Yankees last year over Nike. They only thing I want from a Chinese sneaker company is talk about sneakers! PERIOD! The boss would have thrown Nike out of the entire MLB for just DARING to bring politics into his stadium. I wrote the Yankees about my concerns and the Yankees sent me a very polite “Dear John, F U letter. Kinda like the same letter the Season ticket holders got when the new stadium opened and the all got thrown out. Hearing about Kate Smith, who was blackface at a time the Yankees didn’t even allow blacks to play for them came as no surprise to me.

  • David Byler says:

    interestingly, the same folks who get so riled by “racist” remarks, tend to be anti-Semitic so I am unable to get on the “PC” bandwagon.

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