Flyers Remove Kate Smith statute after racist songs revealed.

The Philadelphia Flyers remove the Kate Smith statue from the Wells Fargo Center and will no longer play her rendition of “God Bless America” after learning that she sang songs that had racist lyrics. Kate Smith was a singer who was famous in the 13’s and 40’s. In the 1933 film Hello, Everybody!, Smith sang “Pickaninny Heaven,” which directs “colored children” living in an orphanage to fantasize about a place with “great big watermelons.” In 1931, Smith also recorded “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,”

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