Yankees Stop Using Kate Smith's 'God Bless America' Amid Racism Allegations - NBC New York

Yankees Stop Using Kate Smith's 'God Bless America' Amid Racism Allegations

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    Familiar Song at Yankees Games Out Due to Racism Claims

    The Yankees have suspended the use of Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch while they investigate an allegation of racism against the singer. Ray Villeda reports.

    (Published Friday, April 19, 2019)

    What to Know

    • The Yankees have stopped using Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch amid racism allegations

    • "The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously," the team's statement said in part

    • Smith died in 1986; the Yankees have used her "God Bless America" recording since the 9/11 terror attacks

    The Yankees have suspended the use of Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch while they investigate an allegation of racism against the singer. 

    The Daily News reported Thursday there are conflicting claims about Smith's 1939 song "That's Why Darkies Were Born." The song originated in the 1931 Broadway revue "George White's Scandals," and was considered satire. It was recorded by Smith and also by Paul Robeson, who was black. 

    The team said in a statement: "The Yankees have been made 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." 

    Smith died in 1986. The Yankees have used her recording of "God Bless America" and sometimes live singers during the seventh inning since the 2001 terrorist attacks. They used an organ version Wednesday and Thursday.

    Familiar Song Silenced at Yankee Stadium

    [NY] Familiar Song Silenced at Yankee Stadium

    The Yankees have suspended the use of Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch while they investigate an allegation of racism against the singer. Ray Villeda reports.

    (Published Friday, April 19, 2019)

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