The New York Yankees have decided to no longer run Kate Smith’s version of “God Bless America” during their seventh-inning stretch because of Smith’s affiliation with songs that carried racist lyrics.
Most famously, Smith sang a 1931 song, “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” which opened: “Someone had to pick the cotton, Someone had to pick the corn, Someone had to slave and be able to sing, That’s why darkies were born.”
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The song, which has been called a satirical take on racism, was a big hit for Smith, and also was recorded by Paul Robeson.
Whenever an outsider becomes influential in society, the establishment is eager to attack them in order to keep control.