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Famous 'God Bless America' rendition banned over singer's racist past

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It's been more than 30 years since Kate Smith died, but the singer is at the center of a recent controversy about racist lyrics. The NHL's Philadelphia Flyers announced they would stop playing her famous rendition of "God Bless America" during games and have removed her statue outside the team's arena. The MLB's New York Yankees said they pulled Smith's iconic version of "God Bless America" on April 1. The Yankees said the song had been a fixture at their games since 9/11. Smith's rendition has been replaced with other versions. #CNN #News
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The Faith (1 day ago)
How do you correct something from someone whos dead
The Faith (1 day ago)
How are you celebrating racism with a song that isnt racist
Just Me (9 days ago)
So anything that unites us is forbidden and anything that might, could possibly, in anyway, be construed as racial or gender division is the new chant. The Democrat's were the ones who fought for slavery, segregation and gender inequality. I vote that we ban Democrat's from the United States. We can send them to Germany where they will be accepted with open arms. Maybe they can live in the remaining concentration camps they inspired and helped build.
Ann Quintana (10 days ago)
Racist huh, find a pure Anglo Saxon ? Few very few, Shut up liars, I didn't want to be another race. Yet look at it like the truth, no one wants to be you!
Chill Stoner (15 days ago)
it's crazy when u find out that everything you learnt ain't what it was
david oxford (16 days ago)
Yes, wipe them off the face of the earth.
Kevin Burke (17 days ago)
Kate Smith was not a racist.
Drackkor (17 days ago)
What a stupid world we live in. 100 years from now everyone will be racist because they said African American. Dumb Fuckers in the Media destroying the world with political correctness.
Damion Hamilton (18 days ago)
so is the star USA national anthem, look up the 3rd virse...yes there's a 3rd virse
Inform me sports Tv news & knowledge (19 days ago)
What was wrong with her she just hated black people this race shit is so wild who bleeds different color blood? If you can't raise your hand to that you can't be racist.
Leachking PLA (19 days ago)
The white guy thats looks 90yrs old is actually only 31yrs young lol
Capt Sirl (20 days ago)
And if we knock down her statute and burn all the books we can count on one thing. It will all repete one day. Better to explain than to shove under the rug.
Jay Jay (21 days ago)
Funny it don't bother any of you that the Yankees didn't allow blacks on their team until like 1958 so it's that racism ok? Just wondering I mean if we go after one we go after all don't we?
Israël Âme (21 days ago)
Her aunt was a fucking racist, with her fat funky ass
Israël Âme (21 days ago)
I'm sorry but why are we acting like the Star Spangled Banner doesn't have a two whole verses of racists words
》Switchin Lanes《 (21 days ago)
#WhiteWashWorld #Fuckery
B .C. A. (21 days ago)
Y'all need to stop using the Race Card to try and get your way....RACE CARD CRY BABIES!
Tanner Herzman (21 days ago)
God Bless America was written by a Jewish immigrant Irving Berlin he did it for free too he did not profit off it. He loved America and what it had given him Freedom and opportunity.
Bud Lehn (21 days ago)
Yes, CNN, Trump was guilty of Collusion and Kate Smith was a racist based on a song she sang 88 years ago in 1931. You specialize in Fake News CNN. You have no ethics of any kind.
H Simpson (21 days ago)
she didn't write the songs
LngVly22 (25 days ago)
I don’t think anyone thought it was offensive at the time so I think it’s challenging to view it as racist nowadays. And frankly doing this just turns people against racial justice causes for a ridiculous reason.
Tommy mcvee (26 days ago)
Take down all your cup banners you won before having black players because that offends me. CNN calling them selves a news agency is offensive.
Quinton Haygood AKA THE REAL DRIZZY DRAKE (29 days ago)
Scooby Doo: raggy
Quinton Haygood AKA THE REAL DRIZZY DRAKE (29 days ago)
It's a clue
David Smith (29 days ago)
I was a Yankee fan for years. No more. I hope the wind up in the toilet.
Glenn Baier (29 days ago)
I think the history books need to be wiped clean, no more people, they didn’t exist. Even in 2019 with our holier than them attitude, good luck finding perfect role models that everyone can agree on.
Lloyd Woodward (29 days ago)
2019 everyone sitting around wondering How are my feeling going to be hurt today ?
J4D3N P4RR15H (30 days ago)
THAT WAS OVER 6 DECADES AGO!!!!!!!!!!!! WHO CARES?!?!?!?!?!
Cheetah Red (30 days ago)
Look at this fat ass cave beast🥺
Azzurro Lcubed (1 month ago)
The Jew cries racism when gis book calls all of us dirty goy.
Apple User 2 (1 month ago)
*_1 9 3 0 ‘ s_*
Stacey Hallam (1 month ago)
Its called BULLSHIT!
Rolie Rebel 03 (1 month ago)
Meanwhile a black dude sang the same fucking song WOOOOW
Rolie Rebel 03 (1 month ago)
Typical CNN supporting minion fucks
Bill Carr (1 month ago)
80 yrs a go pathetic
jt (1 month ago)
This is bullshit. It’s her song, our song. This is going to far. Stop this madness.
NPC 162 (1 month ago)
Ou vey, shut it down.
Blade777 (1 month ago)
Nisha Fields (1 month ago)
It’s HISTORY!!!!! People need to get over themselves. You have to keep everything in context. Taking away a statue or stop playing a particular song will never stop racism. And if ppl continue to wipe all of history away how will ppl learn from the past? This is truly ridiculous!!
James Cox (1 month ago)
Correction, her voice was a New York and Philly - European American favorite. I knew better than to listen to her, Judy garland, and any other old timey racists. In supporting these racists, other racists are able to be racist while maintaining a delusion of cognitive dissonance. Should've could've would've lip service adds insult to insult here. Good to see racist people sticking to their guns and standing up for their fellow bigots. It lets us know where they stand. And yes white folk, racism is racist, we know you know this stop lying to yourselves.
James Cox (1 month ago)
@Z-Man Overstreet you can't possibly think the use of the term white folk is racism you bumbling idiot. How is that racist, enlighten me with your lack of knowledge and logic. Your statement is a joke clown.
Z-Man Overstreet (1 month ago)
And your one of them, you had to throw in one of them "white folks" in there
wootuser (1 month ago)
Love the title so, CNNish: "... singer's racist past" Wow, guilty because they say so. Kate Smith loved everyone. Look up her WW2 statement talking about DIVERSITY - So, tired of you racist cracker hating Mother FKRS. FYI - This is swinging back around and is going to slap a lot of people in the face. People are PISSSED.
Trusting God Only (1 month ago)
Leave this woman alone, she's been in hell over 30 year's. Singing a godly song won't get you into heaven. Your heart has to be right, that's what God looks at. Unfortunately it's many more has lived this way. And we'll continue. Hell ain't worth it at all! I bet she can tell you that now.
Woof Dog (1 month ago)
Kate Smith Rocks !
Darby Markum (1 month ago)
Honest to god people need to get over this stuff. The song is about America and honor all those here, "ALL". I see where the yankees and flyers fans want to protest, unfortunately I don't see that working out. I would suggest the fans start singing the words to the song at everygame, what are they going to do kick everyone out. That would be awesome to see true fans singing God Bless America
soxbearshwks (1 month ago)
the yankees and the flyers are owned by fucking pussies, they should tell people you don't like it, then fuck off
Michael 0. (1 month ago)
CNN sucks in this video. Why? They did not offer the 1945 statement of Kate Smith about tolerance, which was a very strong statement made after WW2 about what churches, communities and homes needed to do so that another world war didn't happen again. Yes, those songs are racist and blackface is racist, but CNN should have done their homework and seen the big picture about Kate Smith, as should those sports teams, before coming to a politically expedient conclusion. LZ Granderson needs to do the same thing also.
Alfred (1 month ago)
Whiney liberal pieces of shit, like the ones that watch CNN, need to be fucked to death.
Regan Babooram (1 month ago)
LMFAO she's not a racist, but she will happily sing disgusting racist songs. I'm saying you are fucking racist.
jigsmom98 (1 month ago)
And walt Disney? Too rich and powerful to be called out
Cole Cole (1 month ago)
The irony is how terrible both fan bases are for those teams ha. Now, they are going to change the name of the Master's lol.
Mona *4 (1 month ago)
Why ban it! This iconoclast problem is terrible. We should keep it forever. You know why its history. It shows future generations the racism of America. Erasing the racist history only white washed true black history. Erasing this history is like avoiding and a continuously not acknowledging our history. Here's an idea. Replace all of those statues around the country. But, add to those statues messaging how racist they were. Learn from the history....tell the truth how America hates black people.
Ms. Jazzy (1 month ago)
Deborrah Morgan (1 month ago)
You are racist!
Deborrah Morgan (1 month ago)
Deborrah Morgan (1 month ago)
Adrian Gomez (1 month ago)
Fuck that bitch destroy that damn statute lol ... Racist piece of shit look at you now ... Oh wait you can't hahaha
William Kerr (1 month ago)
Identify the scum that brought it up and let justice prevail.
MrCJNice (1 month ago)
idiots. all whites were racist in the early 19th century. blacks were their slaves. accept the truth. it was already history. we colored people dont have to be too sensitive. she is already dead. give it a rest!
Z-Man Overstreet (1 month ago)
If all whites were racist then why did we end slavery, we got our slaves because Africa gave them to us for resources. Since Africa had no money
Aniya Raine (1 month ago)
Jerry Marasco (1 month ago)
One question. When are they going to take down Paul Robeson's statue at Rutgers university???? He sang the same song 8 years before Kate Smith !!!
brandon burke (1 month ago)
All these grown adults acting like kids again stupid fucks
L.B. Jones (1 month ago)
The Bodega Boys said it first!
Timothy Foster (1 month ago)
Rakhi Dookie (1 month ago)
Why are they arguing about this woman She’s like a dinosaur
insomthegreat (1 month ago)
@Rakhi Dookie What's her family's excuse now?
Rakhi Dookie (1 month ago)
@insomthegreat Its obvious she was racist Everyone in that era were.The generations were taught to believe african american people were inferior it was normal to be racist That time was definitely an embarrassment to the human race
insomthegreat (1 month ago)
Because her family is claiming she wasn't racist.
Kimber B (1 month ago)
Lou is typical of men from his generation. His opinion during interview didn’t surprise me at all. He probably did a little black face himself.
J DS (1 month ago)
Momore Alade (1 month ago)
“She was no racist” yet made a song titled “That’s why darkies were born” ... that’s about slavery. Oh yeah that totally not racist...
Brandon Booker (1 month ago)
They had the wrong black guy on the panel
Brandon Booker (1 month ago)
lee ventura (1 month ago)
👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗. That's right!!! Thank God call out these racists
Carlette Maat (1 month ago)
Her fat racist a$$! Strip them ALL! Peckerwoods need to get what's due to them!
GDUHB (1 month ago)
I would LOOOOOOOOVE to see someone defend this
Jake Does Movies (1 month ago)
Holy fucking shit This is the most communist thing I've ever heard
Nilu Patel (1 month ago)
God bless America that’s all I have to say.
T T (1 month ago)
As long as racist history continues to be relived, it must be destroyed, in order to be rewritten in a positive light.
Daniel Harvey IV (1 month ago)
So stupid. 50 years too late . With this logic , we can ban everything before the 1960s
NYs9thwonder (1 month ago)
Impossible as all those things built the capitalistic wealth that undergirds our current society.
Nique B. (1 month ago)
My aunt was a racist but she sings that’s why darkies are born ???? If the s not racist I don’t knows what the hell is.
Hailey Williams (1 month ago)
WHY are we bothering with this? Because a song was discovered decades later?? Lol! Give me a break.
Judith Thompson (1 month ago)
So tired of all this crap
Vivi Mo (1 month ago)
Bye Katie! ✌🏾
georgelee43211 (1 month ago)
so now we are crucify people[dead people] who made a racist commets,people got nothing else better to do than other worry about the past instead of be concerned about today's problems.pc is nothing more than the fuckin' gestapo.
Put Use (1 month ago)
Yet blacks can be throw racial slurs at every other races but can’t say a racist slur towards them because you’ll be considered racist
Put Use (1 month ago)
Yet blacks can be throw racial slurs at every other races but can’t call them a nigger because you’ll be considered racist
Lance Lane (1 month ago)
The older gentleman gets slammed because he drank water on TV. Really!?!? It's not alcohol, get over it! As far as Kate Smith goes, God Bless America was written by a Jewish composer named Irving Berlin. No one discusses that! God Bless America and so many other songs were written specifically for certain singers to introduce. Irving Berlin wrote God Bless America for Kate Smith to introduce. If you look closely you can find things about people that are ugly. Things that those who were engaged in would love to forget. God Bless America was written to engage the fighting forces of the United States of America at the time the country was entering World War II. It served as a galvanizing force and brought the nation together. In order to promote greater understanding things need to be placed in context.
Jay Cliinuy (1 month ago)
Just posted, some here should watch. https://youtu.be/cCl0Ua2_itc
Jodie Hussain (1 month ago)
I think if you hate that song then you must hate america and why talk about something in the past
HerSupreme (1 month ago)
Ban that racist hoe.
Z-Man Overstreet (1 month ago)
She been dead for the longest time
Adriana Jimenez (1 month ago)
It was a different time lol
Adriana Jimenez (1 month ago)
Omg!! Lol
Jo Ann Lewis (1 month ago)
Good - I knew of her past ans never likes her racist ass. Her music was never adorned or allowed to play in our house! Nana knew what she was. White people hate us today so the white guy is out of step. ADOS Americans are WRONGED EVERY DAY!
Renee Martin (1 month ago)
At 7:57 🤣🤣🤣🤣
Knight of Christianity (1 month ago)
i thought this song is written by Lee Greenwood?
Bernando Turner (1 month ago)
Alex Stone (1 month ago)
mike n (1 month ago)
her offence she was white'' so if this is how these slimeballs feel about our great country '' maybe they don't need to be here enjoying all America the beautiful has to offer? and I don't think people should patrionize their games either fucking dirtballs. all traitor ball players included  , fucking biggest racists bastards are blacks so fuck you'
CAROL Daly (1 month ago)
GIVE ME A FREAKIN' BREAK-- "RACE" has "nothing" N-O-T-H-I-N-G to do with anything -- it's because of the words "GOD" Bless America that's what this BS is all about!!!
Jonathan Collins (1 month ago)
Good riddance!
emayaych (1 month ago)
Why do some people think that removing a statute negates a person existence? 🤦🏾‍♀️
Stav Galon (1 month ago)
it doesn't, they just don't want to glorify a racist
Jarvis Carr (1 month ago)
Stop cooning and buckdancin!
L7692 BLACK (1 month ago)
So should they keep the statue up then genius?
Habso Mhomed (1 month ago)
emayaych honey they celebrating her through that statue Soviet gotta go.
Habso Mhomed (1 month ago)
J DS right
Support Team (1 month ago)
The chief way that Satan keeps people in bondage is to constantly remind them of their past. You can't erase the bad things in history! You remember and learn from them.
Courtie Shay (1 month ago)
This is laughable 😂😂😂. Why is everyone acting like people don't have a dark past? How can they compare America in the 1930's to the America of today. Following thier logic them all the presidential statues should be banned. You can as well take them off the dollar bill. Didn't Abraham Lincoln have slaves? Even George Washington? Killary and Bill Clinton that everyone loves today, have said racist things in the past but I see no one judging them👀. Instead most of y'all were voting for them like sheeps😂. Why is the governor of Virginia still the governor despite the fact that his KKK picture was floating around🙄. SMH....😔. The hypocrisy is outstanding. Some people are willing to support Rkelly by playing his music and going to his concert even though he is a child molester. They are willing to separate the art from artist for him but can't apply the same for Kate Smith. The double standards is baffling. AMERICA was built on racism. The ignorance that people are reacting negatively to this is outstanding.
Sean Ketron (1 month ago)
Deal with it.