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From ESPN:

Yanks drop Smith’s ‘God Bless America’ recording

NEW YORK — 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 late singer.

The New York 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, but includes racist language. It was recorded by Smith and also by Paul Robeson, who was black. …

Smith died in 1986. The Yankees have used her recording of “God Bless America” and sometimes live singers during the seventh inning since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. They used an organ version of the song on Wednesday and Thursday.

This song by Ray Henderson and Lew Brown is referenced by Groucho Marx in Duck Soup, so I guess the complete works of the Marx Brothers must be memoryholed too. The song “Bohemian Rhapsody” appears on the album “A Night at the Opera,” which references a different Marx Brothers film, so Queen has to go, too. (Now that I think about it, I suspect Freddie Mercury’s opinion of the race that massacred thousands of his family’s South Asian neighbors and relatives in the Zanzibar Black Power revolution of 1964 might not stand up to 2019 standards.)

 
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  1. Perhaps during the seventh inning stretch they could play Reverend Wright’s God Damn America sound bite.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    You have to admit, the "America's chickenzzzz ... are coming home ... to roosssst!" is priceless.

    We are self-immolating.

    Hey, they could always consider replacing it with Napalm Sticks to Kids..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOTsMHTwshg

    , @Duke84
    Datz in the Bible.
  2. Masochism as Virtue Signaling – it is NY. The org will pay more for celebrities to travel and sing.

  3. It is NYC? With all the chatter about race, why is this surprising? White people are scared to death to say or do anything remotely against POC.

    • Replies: @Realist

    White people are scared to death to say or do anything remotely against POC.
     
    This is true for those that are employed....but for retirees not so much.
  4. Chaurman Mao’s Cultural Revolution comes to mind.

    • Replies: @Perplexed
    Pol Pot, Year 0.
  5. New seventh-inning stretch tradition should be Ronan Tynan singing That’s Why Darkies Were Born.

    • LOL: Bubba
    • Replies: @Barnard
    That's just what I was thinking. I couldn't even remember what Tynan said that got him fired from singing for the Yankees until I looked it up. Even the ADL accepted his apology after sufficient groveling.
  6. Anonymous[931] • Disclaimer says:

    Richard Spencer trying to doxx people on Twitter. Man of integrity.

  7. One predictable result of this decision: people who had never (and would never have) heard of the song “that’s why darkies are born” will look it up. I assume “wash me mama with a boogie beat” is familiar, so I’ll try this one:

    ______________
    South Africa’s economic & social decline the worst of nations not at war

    New research from think tank Eunomix Business & Economics found that South Africa endured one of the worst declines over the past 12 years for a country not at war. The country’s performance on a range of social, economic, and governance measures deteriorated more than any other nation not involved in an international or civil conflict, it said.

    An index of security, governance, prosperity, and welfare indicators showed South Africa slumped to 88th out of 178 nations last year from 31st in 2006. The Johannesburg-based advisory company said the decline is likely to continue as South Africa is grappling with the consequences of nine years of worsening corruption and policy paralysis under former President Jacob Zuma.

    The fragility of the economy may also limit the tenure of his successor, Cyril Ramaphosa, who faces his first national election May 8, Eunomix said. “There is the strongest likelihood of him being a one-term president,” the head of Eunomix, Claude Baissac, was quoted as saying by Bloomberg. “He is starting with a very weak economy, the weakest of any president since Mandela. He is also starting with a fairly weak hand from a political standpoint.”

    Only conflict-torn countries such as Mali, Ukraine, and Venezuela have had a worse time in the past decade than South Africa, said Eunomix. According to the think tank, the major reason of the nation’s massive decline is the unsustainable structure of South Africa’s economy where economic power is largely held by an elite that wields little political influence.

    “Economic policy serves narrow interests, thus generating insufficient and unfairly allocated growth. Populism, rather than developmentalism, is an easy temptation, with the economy a tug-of-war between mutually distrustful groups.” Eunomix also said that while Ramaphosa spent his first 14 months in power pledging a crackdown on corruption, an end to policy uncertainty and a drive to reform loss-making state-owned companies, his political weakness will hinder progress.

    “South Africa’s state performance peaked in 2007, that year its economy and governance were at their best. Since then the state has experienced continuous decline in all core indicators of performance.” “The developmental state project has failed. South Africa is now a fragile state, expected to continue to weaken,” Eunomix said.

    https://archive.fo/tZjgJ

    rt.com/business/456816-south-africa-worst-decline/

  8. Frank Loesser has been reduced to a rape apologist for “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Feminists see The Beatles as woman-hating arsonists because of the last lines of “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown).” So now Kate Smith will be boxed into the “racist” category because of one song.

    A lot of people in general today — but especially SJWs — don’t seem to understand the concepts of subtext or satire in songs. Maybe it’s because modern lyrics are derived from rap — as opposed to folk, early rock, or Broadway — and basically pummel you with their (one-dimensional) meaning.

    Whatever the case, today’s uptight “urge to purge” crowd is starting to make the PMRC of the 1980s look as wild as Frank Zappa by comparison. Banning one song because the singer sang *another* song that might have been offensive nearly a century ago goes beyond anything those Washington Wives tried to do.

    • Replies: @donut
    Well maybe Frank can polish this amateur production up a little :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfCYZ3pks48

    as part of his community service .
    , @Forbes
    Just confirms my belief that the SJW mantra is: "Everything before yesterday is wrong."

    Kate Smith should've anticipated what some people would think 80 years hence, and not recorded the song.

    What will stop the wrecking ball from Mount Rushmore--two of those guys owned slaves.
  9. Why not just have a big Bronx cheer?

    “The Census Bureau considers the Bronx to be the most diverse area in the country. There is an 89.7 percent chance that any two residents, chosen at random, would be of different race or ethnicity.”

    Demographics from the 2010 Census

    10.9% “non-Hispanic” White

    30.1% “non-Hispanic” Black

    53.5% “Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin (may be of any race).”

    3.4% Asian

    1.2% two or more races (“non-Hispanic”)

    0.6% other (“non-Hispanic”)

    “The borough’s formerly most populous racial group, white, declined from 98.3% in 1940 to 45.8% [sic] by 2012.” [Only 10.5% is actually “non-Hispanic” White.]

    “The majority (55.7%) of the population speak non-English languages at home.”

    “31.7% of the population were foreign born…”

    — from Wikipedia, the Font of All Knowledge

    • Replies: @Meretricious
    10.5 percent sounds about what they're aiming for, when it comes to us White Debbils.

    Speaking of Wiki...they have the lyrics to the offending song and they're actually pretty kind, by the end anyway.

    But I've heard that someone else in some other century--maybe on some other continent--said something racist too. I'll report back when i learn more.

    , @Prodigal son
    Funny how all those Dominicans still claim to be white.
  10. @Buzz Mohawk
    Why not just have a big Bronx cheer?

    "The Census Bureau considers the Bronx to be the most diverse area in the country. There is an 89.7 percent chance that any two residents, chosen at random, would be of different race or ethnicity."

    Demographics from the 2010 Census

    10.9% "non-Hispanic" White

    30.1% "non-Hispanic" Black

    53.5% "Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin (may be of any race)."

    3.4% Asian

    1.2% two or more races ("non-Hispanic")

    0.6% other ("non-Hispanic")

    "The borough's formerly most populous racial group, white, declined from 98.3% in 1940 to 45.8% [sic] by 2012." [Only 10.5% is actually "non-Hispanic" White.]

    "The majority (55.7%) of the population speak non-English languages at home."

    "31.7% of the population were foreign born..."

    -- from Wikipedia, the Font of All Knowledge

     

    10.5 percent sounds about what they’re aiming for, when it comes to us White Debbils.

    Speaking of Wiki…they have the lyrics to the offending song and they’re actually pretty kind, by the end anyway.

    But I’ve heard that someone else in some other century–maybe on some other continent–said something racist too. I’ll report back when i learn more.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    Thanks. Be sure to get back to us about whoever said what racist things. I'm pretty sure my Yamnayan ancestors said perhaps some slightly un-nice stuff about the men of ancient Europe before they killed them and raped their women. So, I will go into hiding and donate my life's savings to reparations -- for Europeans.
    , @guest
    "Actually pretty kind"

    Well, yeah. If anyone but pozzed cultural historians ever listened to this stuff they'd realize the songs weren't sung through the foamed mouth of ignorant rage. They're patronizing at worst. Some, like Old Uncle Ned, are more dignified than a billion Hidden Figureses.
  11. I’m not positive, but I’m pretty sure the poor, unfortunate guy who just had his funeral at Staples Center followed by a procession thru the streets of LA, recorded songs that “includes racist language”. It was cool, doe. He kept it real, unlike that sellout Paul Robeson.

    • Replies: @guest
    Read the lyrics to That's Why Darkies were born. Starts out funny and ends up sentimental. Needless to say infinitely kinder to and more understanding of black American culture than the trash we call hip-hop.
  12. The New York Daily News reported Thursday there are conflicting claims about Smith’s 1939 song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born.”

    Smith died in 1986.

    To quote from the motto of the USAF Wild Weasel aircrew, ” You gotta be shittin’ me!”

  13. Can we just go our separate ways?

    • Replies: @Meretricious
    Sure you can. So long as we can come too. And all that stuff of yours? We'll be having that, thank you very much.

    ("Stuff" of course includes your daughters, especially if they're hot, but even if they're not.)

    , @Desiderius
    The person(s) who complained and the person who made the call were likely both upper middle class whites. You’ll find the same nonsense in any population center near you.

    So unless you’re visualizing an urban-rural split, that would be a no.
  14. The boys in the sound box can play this instead:

    Note the introductory verse is missing in the last version. I wonder why…

  15. Anonymous[931] • Disclaimer says:

    Speaking of purge, does anyone know what happened to the Second City Bureaucrat twitter account?

  16. I’ve always suspected that Paul Robeson was–deep down–a white supremacist.

    • Replies: @Lurker
    A very large fraction of the world's non-white population are white supremacists - going by their preferred migratory destinations.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    I’ve always suspected that Paul Robeson was–deep down–a white supremacist.
     
    He certainly liked Russia. And Britain, especially Wales, and at least one side in Spain.
    , @Desiderius
    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Dead men may not wear plaid, but they evidently do wear petards.
  17. @Meretricious
    10.5 percent sounds about what they're aiming for, when it comes to us White Debbils.

    Speaking of Wiki...they have the lyrics to the offending song and they're actually pretty kind, by the end anyway.

    But I've heard that someone else in some other century--maybe on some other continent--said something racist too. I'll report back when i learn more.

    Thanks. Be sure to get back to us about whoever said what racist things. I’m pretty sure my Yamnayan ancestors said perhaps some slightly un-nice stuff about the men of ancient Europe before they killed them and raped their women. So, I will go into hiding and donate my life’s savings to reparations — for Europeans.

  18. Watch as we stumble blindly and dumbly through the past, swinging our scythe of doom.

    By the way, she was known as Songbird of the South. Case closed, I say.

    Fat Acceptance doesn’t have enough juice to cover her. (So to speak.)

  19. @AnotherDad
    I've always suspected that Paul Robeson was--deep down--a white supremacist.

    A very large fraction of the world’s non-white population are white supremacists – going by their preferred migratory destinations.

    • Agree: Cloudbuster
  20. @Johnny789
    I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure the poor, unfortunate guy who just had his funeral at Staples Center followed by a procession thru the streets of LA, recorded songs that "includes racist language". It was cool, doe. He kept it real, unlike that sellout Paul Robeson.

    Read the lyrics to That’s Why Darkies were born. Starts out funny and ends up sentimental. Needless to say infinitely kinder to and more understanding of black American culture than the trash we call hip-hop.

  21. @Meretricious
    10.5 percent sounds about what they're aiming for, when it comes to us White Debbils.

    Speaking of Wiki...they have the lyrics to the offending song and they're actually pretty kind, by the end anyway.

    But I've heard that someone else in some other century--maybe on some other continent--said something racist too. I'll report back when i learn more.

    “Actually pretty kind”

    Well, yeah. If anyone but pozzed cultural historians ever listened to this stuff they’d realize the songs weren’t sung through the foamed mouth of ignorant rage. They’re patronizing at worst. Some, like Old Uncle Ned, are more dignified than a billion Hidden Figureses.

  22. A response in search of a complaint.

  23. Kate Smith raised a lot of money for WW2 Bond Drives, so crucial to the war effort. George Steinbrenner specifically chose her recording of God Bless America, probably because he fondly recalled it from his youth (1930-2010). For nearly twenty years NY has played her version. Going against the Boss’s wishes, even though safely passed. Just wow. You would think that Smith’s WW2 contributions would be duly noted by a specific NY minority, and that her recording would continue as before.

    • Replies: @Whiteopia Immigrant

    George Steinbrenner specifically chose her recording of God Bless America, probably because he fondly recalled it from his youth (1930-2010).
     
    Did he eventually grow up?
    , @AnotherDad

    You would think that Smith’s WW2 contributions would be duly noted by a specific NY minority, and that her recording would continue as before.
     
    The sort of pickup driving contingent that often picks up a huge hunk of America's fighting does not get treated kindly, and in fact is a recurrent target for abuse.

    Gratitude is an emotion that comes naturally to some peoples and not to others.
  24. 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 late singer.

    Wait, wait, wait? They just don’t use the RECORDING? (But continue to use the song?)

    While they INVESTIGATE? About a racist soundcrime committed in the 30s?

    Who is the (presumably MENA-sourced) Commissar? Will we have access to the full and unredacted report?

    (Meanwhile they of course can stop paying royalties to the whoever holds rights to that recording after several Mickey Mouse Copyright Extensions lobbying efforts; I think the rule is now “death of the artist” + 60 years)

    To be on the safe side, the be recording could be generated by an Artificial Neural Network (adversarial or not). No wait, these may be biased, too.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    Which is a good occasion as any to segue into this gem:

    Microsoft president: We said no to Cali[fornica] cops' face-recog tech – and we won't craft killer robots


    Microsoft president Brad Smith has revealed that the company turned down an order from California cops for its facial recognition technology over human rights concerns.

    Speaking at Stanford University this week, Smith said Microsoft had concluded that its technology would probably lead to innocent women and minorities being held by the police thanks to inherent biases in the cops' artificial intelligence dataset.

    In other words, because the police database's AI has been trained largely on photos of white males, it was more likely to provide false positives on anyone that wasn't white and male.
     

    I wonder whether anyone has really tested this. This is supposed to be testable, right? Why would they even sell a device that they haven't tested?? Wait, it's Microsoft. The product ripens at customer's premises.

    The software executive shared the stage with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet – a former president of Chile – who argued that ethical codes were not sufficient and companies had to ground their work in human rights.

    But Bachelet also had a dig at the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley, noting that "tech companies need staff who represent the world - women, African-Americans - in order to prevent their tools from exacerbating bias and discrimination."

    Smith acknowledged – as the tech sector does once-a-year, every year when its dreadful diversity stats are published – that Microsoft "has a long way to go to achieve a diverse and effective team." But he agreed that the answer to avoiding biased AI was to build a diverse team.
     

    Diverse team generates high level of Rainbow★Pony★Power and Rainbow★Pony★Power diffuses into the tool that is being build to make someone in the hierarchy happy, which may or may not be a compressor of statistical data (i.e. that thing that is called "AI" by marketing). Got it!

    But what's the Chinese take on that?


    Smith said that Microsoft had agreed to supply its facial recognition technology to an American jail, having reached the conclusion that it was a self-contained environment and would likely improve safety.
     
    Cool.
    , @Lurker
    Magical thinking.
  25. @El Dato

    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 late singer.
     
    Wait, wait, wait? They just don't use the RECORDING? (But continue to use the song?)

    While they INVESTIGATE? About a racist soundcrime committed in the 30s?

    Who is the (presumably MENA-sourced) Commissar? Will we have access to the full and unredacted report?

    (Meanwhile they of course can stop paying royalties to the whoever holds rights to that recording after several Mickey Mouse Copyright Extensions lobbying efforts; I think the rule is now "death of the artist" + 60 years)

    To be on the safe side, the be recording could be generated by an Artificial Neural Network (adversarial or not). No wait, these may be biased, too.

    Which is a good occasion as any to segue into this gem:

    Microsoft president: We said no to Cali[fornica] cops’ face-recog tech – and we won’t craft killer robots

    Microsoft president Brad Smith has revealed that the company turned down an order from California cops for its facial recognition technology over human rights concerns.

    Speaking at Stanford University this week, Smith said Microsoft had concluded that its technology would probably lead to innocent women and minorities being held by the police thanks to inherent biases in the cops’ artificial intelligence dataset.

    In other words, because the police database’s AI has been trained largely on photos of white males, it was more likely to provide false positives on anyone that wasn’t white and male.

    I wonder whether anyone has really tested this. This is supposed to be testable, right? Why would they even sell a device that they haven’t tested?? Wait, it’s Microsoft. The product ripens at customer’s premises.

    The software executive shared the stage with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet – a former president of Chile – who argued that ethical codes were not sufficient and companies had to ground their work in human rights.

    But Bachelet also had a dig at the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley, noting that “tech companies need staff who represent the world – women, African-Americans – in order to prevent their tools from exacerbating bias and discrimination.”

    Smith acknowledged – as the tech sector does once-a-year, every year when its dreadful diversity stats are published – that Microsoft “has a long way to go to achieve a diverse and effective team.” But he agreed that the answer to avoiding biased AI was to build a diverse team.

    Diverse team generates high level of Rainbow★Pony★Power and Rainbow★Pony★Power diffuses into the tool that is being build to make someone in the hierarchy happy, which may or may not be a compressor of statistical data (i.e. that thing that is called “AI” by marketing). Got it!

    But what’s the Chinese take on that?

    Smith said that Microsoft had agreed to supply its facial recognition technology to an American jail, having reached the conclusion that it was a self-contained environment and would likely improve safety.

    Cool.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    If the criminal face recognition technology was trained on white male faces, wouldn't it be more likely to arrest more white males?
  26. This song by Ray Henderson

    Of Buffalo! (Ha– beat ya, Joe.) He was born Raymond Brost, and grew up and played organ in the Episcopal Church there.

    and Lew Brown

    An Odessan. But where is Buddy DeSylva, their constant collaborator on all their other hits?

    DeSylva’s father was a native of Oporto, and acted under the name Hal DeForrest, a translation of the Portuguese. Buddy stayed with the original name, but stylized it with Y, which isn’t in the Portuguese alphabet. (Neither are K and W. So of course every Brazilian musician of note has to include one of these in his name.)

    His maternal grandfather, after whom he was named, was police chief and later sheriff George Gard. I’d read that Nacio Herb Brown’s father was also a lawman in Los Angeles, though I’m having trouble confirming this.

    Perhaps Eric Garcetti should have gone into songwriting.

  27. @AnotherDad
    Can we just go our separate ways?

    Sure you can. So long as we can come too. And all that stuff of yours? We’ll be having that, thank you very much.

    (“Stuff” of course includes your daughters, especially if they’re hot, but even if they’re not.)

  28. @El Dato
    Which is a good occasion as any to segue into this gem:

    Microsoft president: We said no to Cali[fornica] cops' face-recog tech – and we won't craft killer robots


    Microsoft president Brad Smith has revealed that the company turned down an order from California cops for its facial recognition technology over human rights concerns.

    Speaking at Stanford University this week, Smith said Microsoft had concluded that its technology would probably lead to innocent women and minorities being held by the police thanks to inherent biases in the cops' artificial intelligence dataset.

    In other words, because the police database's AI has been trained largely on photos of white males, it was more likely to provide false positives on anyone that wasn't white and male.
     

    I wonder whether anyone has really tested this. This is supposed to be testable, right? Why would they even sell a device that they haven't tested?? Wait, it's Microsoft. The product ripens at customer's premises.

    The software executive shared the stage with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet – a former president of Chile – who argued that ethical codes were not sufficient and companies had to ground their work in human rights.

    But Bachelet also had a dig at the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley, noting that "tech companies need staff who represent the world - women, African-Americans - in order to prevent their tools from exacerbating bias and discrimination."

    Smith acknowledged – as the tech sector does once-a-year, every year when its dreadful diversity stats are published – that Microsoft "has a long way to go to achieve a diverse and effective team." But he agreed that the answer to avoiding biased AI was to build a diverse team.
     

    Diverse team generates high level of Rainbow★Pony★Power and Rainbow★Pony★Power diffuses into the tool that is being build to make someone in the hierarchy happy, which may or may not be a compressor of statistical data (i.e. that thing that is called "AI" by marketing). Got it!

    But what's the Chinese take on that?


    Smith said that Microsoft had agreed to supply its facial recognition technology to an American jail, having reached the conclusion that it was a self-contained environment and would likely improve safety.
     
    Cool.

    If the criminal face recognition technology was trained on white male faces, wouldn’t it be more likely to arrest more white males?

    • Replies: @El Dato
    Not necessarily, because:

    The Neural Network might have fine-grained ability to distinguish between "white faces" as it has been able to develop lots of feature extraction for those, having been trained over and over again with white face data: the "sameness region" around the face of "Mo the Knifer" would be small and discriminatory enough so that the feature set of "Blue Collar Dad"'s face would not be inside.

    On the other hand, "black faces" might have large & coars "sameness regions". Having only seen a few, the algorithm would just have a few features onto which it could lock: size of ear and form of nose for example. Thus the black faces of "The Machete Enforcer" and "Akule from Accounting" might well be within the same "sameness region" because of chin size only.

    So the black box lights the red light and Akule is dragged off.
  29. @AnotherDad
    I've always suspected that Paul Robeson was--deep down--a white supremacist.

    I’ve always suspected that Paul Robeson was–deep down–a white supremacist.

    He certainly liked Russia. And Britain, especially Wales, and at least one side in Spain.

  30. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    Kate Smith raised a lot of money for WW2 Bond Drives, so crucial to the war effort. George Steinbrenner specifically chose her recording of God Bless America, probably because he fondly recalled it from his youth (1930-2010). For nearly twenty years NY has played her version. Going against the Boss's wishes, even though safely passed. Just wow. You would think that Smith's WW2 contributions would be duly noted by a specific NY minority, and that her recording would continue as before.

    George Steinbrenner specifically chose her recording of God Bless America, probably because he fondly recalled it from his youth (1930-2010).

    Did he eventually grow up?

  31. Uh… that song was satirical, basically pointing out that black people were integral to giving white people their essential humanity. High-minded, clever, witty satire.

    This is like trying to close out Carroll O’Conner’s career because he played Archie Bunker.

    MADNESS!!

  32. Just think about all the good the purge does society!

  33. @Steve Sailer
    If the criminal face recognition technology was trained on white male faces, wouldn't it be more likely to arrest more white males?

    Not necessarily, because:

    The Neural Network might have fine-grained ability to distinguish between “white faces” as it has been able to develop lots of feature extraction for those, having been trained over and over again with white face data: the “sameness region” around the face of “Mo the Knifer” would be small and discriminatory enough so that the feature set of “Blue Collar Dad”‘s face would not be inside.

    On the other hand, “black faces” might have large & coars “sameness regions”. Having only seen a few, the algorithm would just have a few features onto which it could lock: size of ear and form of nose for example. Thus the black faces of “The Machete Enforcer” and “Akule from Accounting” might well be within the same “sameness region” because of chin size only.

    So the black box lights the red light and Akule is dragged off.

    • Replies: @bored identity



    "So the black box lights the red light and Akule is dragged off."

     

    bored identity already feels much safer ( fake sigh of relief included) :


    kccarchitectural.com//wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Tormax-full-glass.jpg
  34. @Days of Broken Arrows
    Frank Loesser has been reduced to a rape apologist for "Baby, It's Cold Outside." Feminists see The Beatles as woman-hating arsonists because of the last lines of "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)." So now Kate Smith will be boxed into the "racist" category because of one song.

    A lot of people in general today -- but especially SJWs -- don't seem to understand the concepts of subtext or satire in songs. Maybe it's because modern lyrics are derived from rap -- as opposed to folk, early rock, or Broadway -- and basically pummel you with their (one-dimensional) meaning.

    Whatever the case, today's uptight "urge to purge" crowd is starting to make the PMRC of the 1980s look as wild as Frank Zappa by comparison. Banning one song because the singer sang *another* song that might have been offensive nearly a century ago goes beyond anything those Washington Wives tried to do.

    Well maybe Frank can polish this amateur production up a little :

    as part of his community service .

  35. @Lagertha
    It is NYC? With all the chatter about race, why is this surprising? White people are scared to death to say or do anything remotely against POC.

    White people are scared to death to say or do anything remotely against POC.

    This is true for those that are employed….but for retirees not so much.

    • Replies: @ben tillman

    This is true for those that are employed….but for retirees not so much.
     
    Which is why we will see the sins of the father visited on the son with ever more frequency.
  36. It’s an everlasting cultural antimony pill.

    It was a popular remedy in the nineteenth century, and it was used to purge and revitalise the bowels. In use, it is swallowed and allowed to pass through the body, after which it is customarily recovered for reuse, giving rise to the name everlasting pill.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antimony_pill

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    Western Civilization could use one of those about now.
  37. “Someone had to fight the Devil,
    Shout about Gabriel’s Horn,
    Someone had to stoke the train
    That would bring God’s children to green pastures,
    That’s why darkies were born.”

    Yep, real foaming-mouthed carpet-biting Nazi stuff.

    • LOL: Liza
  38. @Buzz Mohawk
    Why not just have a big Bronx cheer?

    "The Census Bureau considers the Bronx to be the most diverse area in the country. There is an 89.7 percent chance that any two residents, chosen at random, would be of different race or ethnicity."

    Demographics from the 2010 Census

    10.9% "non-Hispanic" White

    30.1% "non-Hispanic" Black

    53.5% "Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin (may be of any race)."

    3.4% Asian

    1.2% two or more races ("non-Hispanic")

    0.6% other ("non-Hispanic")

    "The borough's formerly most populous racial group, white, declined from 98.3% in 1940 to 45.8% [sic] by 2012." [Only 10.5% is actually "non-Hispanic" White.]

    "The majority (55.7%) of the population speak non-English languages at home."

    "31.7% of the population were foreign born..."

    -- from Wikipedia, the Font of All Knowledge

     

    Funny how all those Dominicans still claim to be white.

  39. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    Kate Smith raised a lot of money for WW2 Bond Drives, so crucial to the war effort. George Steinbrenner specifically chose her recording of God Bless America, probably because he fondly recalled it from his youth (1930-2010). For nearly twenty years NY has played her version. Going against the Boss's wishes, even though safely passed. Just wow. You would think that Smith's WW2 contributions would be duly noted by a specific NY minority, and that her recording would continue as before.

    You would think that Smith’s WW2 contributions would be duly noted by a specific NY minority, and that her recording would continue as before.

    The sort of pickup driving contingent that often picks up a huge hunk of America’s fighting does not get treated kindly, and in fact is a recurrent target for abuse.

    Gratitude is an emotion that comes naturally to some peoples and not to others.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    Well, the Yankees honor a serving or veteran member of the military at every home game--during the 7th inning stretch--so gratitude is expressed.
    , @baythoven
    Some peoples have really been into celebrating themselves recently on the PBS circuit. There's been a rash of various programs celebrating the Jewish contribution to -- you name it -- vaudeville/music/fine arts/science/philanthropy/etc. But I think the one to take the cake is what was scheduled last night:

    GI Jews -- Jewish Americans in World War II
    "Discover the story of the 550,000 brave Jewish Americans who served in World War II, fighting not only for their country, but for their beliefs and brethren across the world."
  40. @David
    It's an everlasting cultural antimony pill.

    It was a popular remedy in the nineteenth century, and it was used to purge and revitalise the bowels. In use, it is swallowed and allowed to pass through the body, after which it is customarily recovered for reuse, giving rise to the name everlasting pill.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antimony_pill

    Western Civilization could use one of those about now.

  41. @Impolitic
    New seventh-inning stretch tradition should be Ronan Tynan singing That's Why Darkies Were Born.

    That’s just what I was thinking. I couldn’t even remember what Tynan said that got him fired from singing for the Yankees until I looked it up. Even the ADL accepted his apology after sufficient groveling.

  42. Maybe we could replace God Bless America with Ubangi Stomp?

    Cheer up folks, the Yankees are already uniformly loathed by, well, everybody on the planet who isn’t a Yankees fan, so this won’t make them any more popular.

  43. Anonymous[502] • Disclaimer says:

    What makes them think that the organ version of the song is any safer?

    Are they certain that the organist was a trans black woman?

    Even if it was, how can they be certain that the trans black woman didn’t rent an apartment in 1978 which was owned by a white man whose ex-wife eventually married a hispanic man whose grandson made a problematic tweet in 2014?

    Have they actually done the research to make sure?

    • LOL: Joseph Doaks
  44. Perhaps it’s just as well. I don’t imagine that God would bless America today.

  45. @AnotherDad
    Can we just go our separate ways?

    The person(s) who complained and the person who made the call were likely both upper middle class whites. You’ll find the same nonsense in any population center near you.

    So unless you’re visualizing an urban-rural split, that would be a no.

  46. I’m guessing that Babe Ruth said some racially insensitive things in his day. Perhaps his number should be unretired and his name stricken from the Yankee’s roster forever.

  47. @AnotherDad
    I've always suspected that Paul Robeson was--deep down--a white supremacist.

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Dead men may not wear plaid, but they evidently do wear petards.

  48. @Days of Broken Arrows
    Frank Loesser has been reduced to a rape apologist for "Baby, It's Cold Outside." Feminists see The Beatles as woman-hating arsonists because of the last lines of "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)." So now Kate Smith will be boxed into the "racist" category because of one song.

    A lot of people in general today -- but especially SJWs -- don't seem to understand the concepts of subtext or satire in songs. Maybe it's because modern lyrics are derived from rap -- as opposed to folk, early rock, or Broadway -- and basically pummel you with their (one-dimensional) meaning.

    Whatever the case, today's uptight "urge to purge" crowd is starting to make the PMRC of the 1980s look as wild as Frank Zappa by comparison. Banning one song because the singer sang *another* song that might have been offensive nearly a century ago goes beyond anything those Washington Wives tried to do.

    Just confirms my belief that the SJW mantra is: “Everything before yesterday is wrong.”

    Kate Smith should’ve anticipated what some people would think 80 years hence, and not recorded the song.

    What will stop the wrecking ball from Mount Rushmore–two of those guys owned slaves.

  49. @El Dato

    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 late singer.
     
    Wait, wait, wait? They just don't use the RECORDING? (But continue to use the song?)

    While they INVESTIGATE? About a racist soundcrime committed in the 30s?

    Who is the (presumably MENA-sourced) Commissar? Will we have access to the full and unredacted report?

    (Meanwhile they of course can stop paying royalties to the whoever holds rights to that recording after several Mickey Mouse Copyright Extensions lobbying efforts; I think the rule is now "death of the artist" + 60 years)

    To be on the safe side, the be recording could be generated by an Artificial Neural Network (adversarial or not). No wait, these may be biased, too.

    Magical thinking.

  50. @Realist

    White people are scared to death to say or do anything remotely against POC.
     
    This is true for those that are employed....but for retirees not so much.

    This is true for those that are employed….but for retirees not so much.

    Which is why we will see the sins of the father visited on the son with ever more frequency.

    • Replies: @Realist

    Which is why we will see the sins of the father visited on the son with ever more frequency.
     
    Then Whites need to stand up and fight.
  51. @AnotherDad

    You would think that Smith’s WW2 contributions would be duly noted by a specific NY minority, and that her recording would continue as before.
     
    The sort of pickup driving contingent that often picks up a huge hunk of America's fighting does not get treated kindly, and in fact is a recurrent target for abuse.

    Gratitude is an emotion that comes naturally to some peoples and not to others.

    Well, the Yankees honor a serving or veteran member of the military at every home game–during the 7th inning stretch–so gratitude is expressed.

  52. Well my beloved Yogi will roll over in his grave and say…”The fat lady doesn’t sing anymore.” They can now sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” but eliminate the line about “Cracker Jacks”. I’m racially sensitive too.

  53. @Anon
    Chaurman Mao's Cultural Revolution comes to mind.

    Pol Pot, Year 0.

  54. Randy Newman had a song on his great 12 Songs LP called Underneath the Harlem Moon. The bridge went, “They just live for dancing, they’re never blue for long/Ain’t no sin to laugh or grin, that’s why darkies were born.” So we will have to go back and take his music out of Toy Story and all the other Hollywood films he has scored.

  55. The Duke of York was involved in the slave trade,Yankee clippers were used to smuggle both slaves and opium and the white stripes on the Yankees uniforms are wider than the black. I think the team better just shut the whole thing down and donate anything of value to Sharpton and his crew. It’s only fair.

  56. @El Dato
    Not necessarily, because:

    The Neural Network might have fine-grained ability to distinguish between "white faces" as it has been able to develop lots of feature extraction for those, having been trained over and over again with white face data: the "sameness region" around the face of "Mo the Knifer" would be small and discriminatory enough so that the feature set of "Blue Collar Dad"'s face would not be inside.

    On the other hand, "black faces" might have large & coars "sameness regions". Having only seen a few, the algorithm would just have a few features onto which it could lock: size of ear and form of nose for example. Thus the black faces of "The Machete Enforcer" and "Akule from Accounting" might well be within the same "sameness region" because of chin size only.

    So the black box lights the red light and Akule is dragged off.

    “So the black box lights the red light and Akule is dragged off.

    bored identity already feels much safer ( fake sigh of relief included) :

    kccarchitectural.com//wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Tormax-full-glass.jpg

  57. When they came for the fine arts, choosing presidential portraitists for political reasons, we stayed silent.

    When they came for the finest applied arts, telling us political messaging trumps historical design integrity, we stayed silent.

    When they came for the more lucrative popular arts, they took special care to ensure our silence, censoring artists far down the memory hole, acclimating the masses to top-down control of popular art slowly, starting with the least recognizable names circa 1939 with an eye on the few, heavy-hitting, Establishment-challenging artists of today.

  58. @simple_pseudonymic_handle
    Perhaps during the seventh inning stretch they could play Reverend Wright's God Damn America sound bite.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix-AMYos0Js

    You have to admit, the “America’s chickenzzzz … are coming home … to roosssst!” is priceless.

    We are self-immolating.

    Hey, they could always consider replacing it with Napalm Sticks to Kids..

  59. http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/26556341/yanks-flyers-drop-god-bless-america-rendition

    The Philadelphia Flyers ice hockey team has now followed suit, not only cancelling Smith’s version of God Bless America, but covering up her statue outside the arena.

    “As we continue to look into this serious matter, we are removing Kate Smith’s recording of ‘God Bless America’ from our library and covering up the statue that stands outside our arena.”

    I recall Enoch Powell’s use of a proverb of unknown attribution: “This whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.”

    • Replies: @Patrick in SC
    Sorry, should say, "Those whom the Gods wish to destroy..."
  60. I am quickly losing my sense of astonishment at examples of stupidity displayed by the giants of the entertainment business. I have a running disagreement with my dear wife. She claims that people are smarter today than they were when we were growing up. She says people don’t need to remember facts because you can look up anything on Google. My counter to her is people are not smarter, they just have access to better tools. Folks have lost the ability to think critically. The public educational gulag is churning out morons who do not know how to assess the validity of ideas. All ideas are great and of equal value on the scales of diversity.

    No. The plain truth is some ideas are incredibly defective, stupid, and not worth serious consideration. All people are not equal. Some are smarter, better behaved, and more responsible than others. Respect is something earned. It’s not a birthright. I’m too old to worry about offending with my opinions so I don’t worry about it. I try to be judicious in the way I express my opinions. It’s a little thing called manners.

  61. @AnotherDad

    You would think that Smith’s WW2 contributions would be duly noted by a specific NY minority, and that her recording would continue as before.
     
    The sort of pickup driving contingent that often picks up a huge hunk of America's fighting does not get treated kindly, and in fact is a recurrent target for abuse.

    Gratitude is an emotion that comes naturally to some peoples and not to others.

    Some peoples have really been into celebrating themselves recently on the PBS circuit. There’s been a rash of various programs celebrating the Jewish contribution to — you name it — vaudeville/music/fine arts/science/philanthropy/etc. But I think the one to take the cake is what was scheduled last night:

    GI Jews — Jewish Americans in World War II
    “Discover the story of the 550,000 brave Jewish Americans who served in World War II, fighting not only for their country, but for their beliefs and brethren across the world.”

  62. If these lyrics are accurate then it is clear that this song was pro-black and in step with the general entertainment industry progressivism of the time. They sound racist now and they’re definitely patronizing, but they talk about blacks enduring hardship, triumphing over hopeless situations, making the country work, and teaching white people how to sing.

    [MORE]

    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;

    Someone had to laugh at trouble,
    Though he was tired and worn,
    Had to be contented with any old thing,
    That’s why darkies were born;

    Sing, sing, sing when you’re weary and
    Sing when you’re blue,
    Sing, sing, that’s what you taught
    All the white folks to do;

    Someone had to fight the Devil,
    Shout about Gabriel’s Horn,
    Someone had to stoke the train
    That would bring God’s children to green pastures,
    That’s why darkies were born.

  63. @Patrick in SC
    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/26556341/yanks-flyers-drop-god-bless-america-rendition

    The Philadelphia Flyers ice hockey team has now followed suit, not only cancelling Smith's version of God Bless America, but covering up her statue outside the arena.

    "As we continue to look into this serious matter, we are removing Kate Smith's recording of 'God Bless America' from our library and covering up the statue that stands outside our arena."

    I recall Enoch Powell's use of a proverb of unknown attribution: "This whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first make mad."

    Sorry, should say, “Those whom the Gods wish to destroy…”

  64. @ben tillman

    This is true for those that are employed….but for retirees not so much.
     
    Which is why we will see the sins of the father visited on the son with ever more frequency.

    Which is why we will see the sins of the father visited on the son with ever more frequency.

    Then Whites need to stand up and fight.

  65. Anonymous[264] • Disclaimer says:

    Which is why we will see the sins of the father visited on the son with ever more frequency.

    Blaming whites en masses for for slavery, colonialization, and everything else whites as a group are blamed for these days needs to stop.

    In Vatican II, the Catholic Church set an example that could be followed for the treatment of whites today. In Vatican II, the Catholic Church produced the document, Nostra aetate, which is the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions.

    Part four of Nostra Aetate speaks of the bond that ties the people of the ‘New Covenant’ (Christians) to Abraham’s stock (Jews). It states that even though some Jewish authorities and those who followed them called for Jesus’ death, the blame for this cannot be laid at the door of all those Jews present at that time, nor can the Jews in our time be held as guilty, thus repudiating an indiscriminate charge of Jewish deicide …

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostra_aetate

  66. Anonymous[408] • Disclaimer says:

    Why couldn’t she sing something sensitive like rap? And of course, she didn’t twerk.

    Sign of the times. A society approving of neo-savagery and degeneracy but so judgemental of quaint cases of bigotry in the past.

  67. Imagine the wailing and gnasing of teeth if they played “The Sun Has Got His Hat On”.

  68. @simple_pseudonymic_handle
    Perhaps during the seventh inning stretch they could play Reverend Wright's God Damn America sound bite.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix-AMYos0Js

    Datz in the Bible.

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