ESPN analyst Will Cain came out swinging against the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Flyers for banning singer Kate Smith’s rendition of God Bless America, because other songs she sang back in the 1930s may be considered “racist” today. Cain called the banning of the famed contralto an absurd “overreaction” to Smith’s decades-old oeuvre.The sports analyst appeared on ESPN’s First Take with hosts Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman to rail against the Yankees’ banishing of Smith’s rendition of God Bless America and the Flyers’ removal of a memorial statue to the singer that stood outside Wells Fargo Center. Smith, who died in 1986, recently came under fire when songs she sang in the 1930s resurfaced. Songs such as “That’s Why the Darkies Were Born” and “Pickaninnies’ Heaven” raised the hackles of liberals and caused a cascade of abuse to fall onto the singer’s reputation. But Cain … [Read more...] about WATCH: ESPN’s Will Cain Slams Yankees and Flyers for ‘Overreaction’ in Banning Kate Smith’s ‘God Bless America’
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The Yankees have played “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch since 9/11. The version they play is the most famous version, recorded in 1939 by Kate Smith. As of today they will no longer be playing the Kate Smith version, however. Why? The New York Daily News reports that it’s because “the Yankees were made aware of Smith’s history of potential racism.” Which is a rather interesting way of putting it, because there’s not much “potential” to this: Smith was a famous singer before and during WWII who recorded the offensive jingle, “Pickaninny Heaven,” which she directed at “colored children” who should fantasize about an amazing place with “great big watermelons,” among other treats. She shot a video for that song that takes place in an orphanage for black children, and much of the imagery is startlingly racist. She also recorded, “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” … [Read more...] about Yankees stop playing Kate Smith’s version of ‘God Bless America’
The Flyers' decision comes after a similar move by the New York Yankees by Cody Benjamin Apr 19, 2019 at 11:06 am ET • 1 min read A day after the New York Daily News reported that the New York Yankees scrapped their 18-year tradition of playing Kate Smith's 1939 rendition of "God Bless America" during home games, the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers have followed suit.As CBS Philly noted Friday, the Flyers announced they will no longer play Smith's song at Wells Fargo Center and have also covered up a statue of the World War II-era outside the arena.The Daily News' original report indicated that the Yankees replaced Smith's version of the patriotic song after they "were made aware of Smith's history of potential racism." Among the evidence are her songs "Pickaninny Heaven," which was directed at "colored children," and "That's Why Darkies Were Born," which was recorded in 1939 as satire but included lyrics about "darkies" being born "to pick the cotton." The … [Read more...] about Flyers cover up Kate Smith statue, abandon her ‘God Bless America’ rendition due to racist songs
Sometimes, life is too cruel. Lauren McCluskey, a student and track athlete at the University of Utah, has everything in front of her, all the happiness, all the good things the world can bring her, all the rewards and satisfactions and experiences she can take and give and share. She’s smart and conscientious and talented, driven as a student, a senior with a 3.75 GPA, and as a track star. She’s 21 years old, with a big heart and big plans. When parents send their kids off to college, to an opportunity for an advanced education and for the pursuit of a sport that their child has worked and excelled at for most of her life, as she grows into adulthood, they do not expect this. They do not have as a part of that hopeful, overarching vision the notion of mourning for and burying that child. But some version of that, with varying details, has happened twice now in the past year at Utah. Youth, with all of its bright promise, all of its energy and optimism, … [Read more...] about Monson: God bless student-athlete Lauren McCluskey. God help the rest of us, as we look for ways to help ourselves.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By David M. Shribman Globe Correspondent December 23, 2018 In a year of conflict and war, it was a moment of conciliation. In a year of death, it was a moment that affirmed life. In a year of disbelief, it was a moment remembered for its words of faith. In a year unlike any other, it was a moment like no other.There never has been a year quite like 1968, with war raging in Southeast Asia and in the streets of America; with assassinations depriving the nation of two inspiring leaders; with a presidential campaign catapulting to power a man who vowed to “bring us together’’ even as his election drove Americans apart; and, 50 years ago this week, with a tiny contrivance of humankind leaving the surly bonds of earth and permitting earthlings for the first time to transit the dark side of the moon.The 45 minutes of silence when the Apollo 8 spacecraft, … [Read more...] about ‘God bless all of you on the good Earth’: Remembering the daring Apollo 8 mission