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After character assassins at The New York Daily News portrayed the late singer Kate Smith as a racist this past week, MLB's New York Yankees and the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers announced that her version of "God Bless America" will no longer be heard in their respective venues. That prompted Fox Sports 1 commentator Jason Whitlock (in file photo) to defend Smith and expose the double standard of media giving black rappers a pass on racist language.
The Flyers first covered up a statue of Smith outside their arena, then removed it. Her voice was a fixture at their games since 1974, on tape since she died 12 years later. The Yanks canned Smith's God Bless America, a part of their seventh-inning stretch since 911. The seriousness of the charges led to quick verdicts by the two sports clubs.
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Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News wrote that Smith's "shocking lyrics from 1939 are neither humorous nor ironic in 2019 — and the Yankees acted swiftly." Richard Cohen, also of the NY Daily News, wrote yesterday it's beyond question that these songs are "insultingly racist." "The Yankees moved with commendable alacrity — as did the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers. Neither team bothered to say if Smith was indeed a racist or had merely recorded the songs of the times."
Other media joined in on the attack against Smith and some extended racist charges to the nation as a whole. Yesterday I reported on an ESPN/The Undefeated blog attack by Michael Fletcher on Smith and his assertion that America is a racist nation. "Somehow, it always feels like some intolerant attitudes are lurking behind the beautiful ode to our nation," he wrote.
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Seizing on an additional opportunity yesterday, the NY Daily News editorial board circled round for another attack, only this time aimed at the Washington...
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