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This picture was taken in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave in 2019.

From USA Today:

Kate Smith family members ‘heartbroken’ after teams distance themselves from singer

Tom Schad, USA TODAY Published 8:25 p.m. ET April 20, 2019

The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Yankees have taken steps in recent days to distance themselves from the late “God Bless America” singer Kate Smith after learning that she sang two racially insensitive songs in the 1930s.

Smith’s family members say the developments have left them “heartbroken.” …

Bob Andron, 74, said he believes people are placing undue focus on two songs Smith performed early in her career, while she was in her 20s and “trying to make her mark as a singer.” He said Smith performed the songs but did not write them.

“It’s somebody who found the words to two songs that she sang, out of 3,000 that she recorded, and tried to make a case out of it,” said Bob Andron, 74. “And my heart goes out to them, too. Because they’re misguided. They don’t understand what kind of a person Kate Smith was.”

Smith is best known for her rendition of “God Bless America,” which was played at Yankee Stadium for 18 years before the team was recently “made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us.”

Bob and Suzy Andron both described Smith as a patriot who sought to use her talent to benefit her country. According to “Kate Smith: A Bio-Bibliography,” the late singer is credited with helping sell $600 million in war bonds during World War II and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor by Ronald Reagan in 1982, when her health was in decline.

This would make a good Seinfeld spec script:

George Costanza’s job in the Yankees front office is hanging by a thread due to his laziness and incompetence. But George’s boss, Mr. Wilhelm, gives him one final chance to prove himself useful: Little George will have to break the news to Big George Steinbrenner, the Yankees owner, that the Yankees must stop playing Big George’s personal choice, Kate Smith’s “God Bless America,” because America has gone insane.

Next, racist extremists will be claiming that Kate Smith’s racial guilt is no greater than the Lehman Brothers’ or Al Jolson’s …

 
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  1. bucky says:

    What I wonder is how did they figure it out? Like, someone with too much time on his hands is combing through…everything…looking for any hint of racism?

    This is more like how in certain countries you’re not allowed to insult the Sultan.

  2. If Costanza delivered calzones to Steinbrenner while telling him the news of Kate Smith, I’m sure everything would be fine. Maybe calzones are what America needs right about now.

  3. I bet some hipster pencil-pusher in the back office has been voicing the opinion that Kate’s rendition is cringey, boring and dated for years, and finally found a way to force a change. Being woke is just a bonus.

  4. I wonder if they are covering up statues of Paul Robeson for recording one of the same racially insensitive songs as Kate Smith?

    • Replies: @Kylie
  5. songbird says:

    Next, they will go after the statues of white sports stars.

    • Replies: @attilathehen
  6. Bubba says:

    Meanwhile, at the time Miss Smith and Mr. Robeson (a very dark black man) were singing this song, MLB was actively discriminating against black players. So maybe every MLB stadium should be shrouded in black tarp and then bulldozed into forgotten history.

    And don’t get me going on the NHL Philadelphia Flyers history of black players in their franchise.

    • Replies: @James Speaks
    , @dr kill
  7. Anyone who thought that the dispossession of white people in America would involve only statues of Confederate States of America leaders should be disabused of that notion by now. And yes, the United States is having a nervous breakdown.

  8. 36 ulster says:

    Kate was a boost to the morale of us Flyers fans when she sang God Bless America at the Spectrum during Team Philadelphia’s Stanley Cup wins in 1974 and ’75. Of course, the leadership of Bobby Clarke, the goaltending of Bernie Parent, the scoring of Reggie Leach and Bill Barber, the defense of Moose Dupont and Ed van Impe, and..last but not least..the lead-with-your-left thuggery of Dave Schultz and Bob Kelly had something to do with it, too. Alas, in 1976 the Montreal Canadiens of Ken Dryden, Guy Lafleur and Larry Robinson were immune to Kate’s magic, and the Flyers were swept–not humiliated, but swept nonetheless, thanks to the GM-ship of Sam Pollock and the coaching of Scotty Bowman. In the real world, unlike in the movies, magic comes in second-best.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    , @36 ulster
  9. Anon[311] • Disclaimer says:

    We should quickly move to distance ourselves from Israel, over their horrendous treatment of Africans and Arabs.

    Boycott Israel.

  10. When will this fat-shaming end?

    • LOL: Buzz Mohawk
  11. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    Perhaps they would prefer to play Lou Reed instead.

    Or perhaps this charming ditty:

    That last one should have been covered by the short fat guy in the white suit on the Dukes of Hazzard. Can’t remember his name.

    • Replies: @mmack
  12. helping sell $600 million in war bonds during World War II and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor by Ronald Reagan

    Oh that will help. Now they’ll expurgate any records of having ever used the recording.

  13. Baby, It’s Cold Outside

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
  14. BenKenobi says:

    Your Seinfeld idea is basically the one where Kramer, in order to keep the Tony he was accidentally awarded, is compelled by the producers of “Scarsdale Surprise” to fire Raquel Welch.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  15. This is such a great opportunity. God Bless America is a great song. There have been times when it has been proposed to replace that bar tune, The Star Spangled Banner, as our national anthem.

    I think we all should hum it whenever and wherever we encounter people who are not who we are. Or people who are who we are, except we are not who we are, or something.

    Forget who’s who, just hum the damned song.

    • Replies: @Oddsbodkins
  16. Johnny789 says:

    Is this the one where Kramer manages a Roller Derby team comprised solely of transwomen?

  17. Well if they can add a minaret to Notre Dame, I’m sure they can find something in Nipsey Hussle’ s oeuvre to replace God Bless America.

  18. prosa123 says:

    From what I’ve read, even in the 1930’s many people considered “Pickaninny Heaven” to be an embarrassment.

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
  19. @BenKenobi

    That’s my favorite pair of episodes: The Summer of George.

  20. “Western civilization” is a Jewish-friendly substitute for the older term “Christendom.”

    Brilliant.

  21. FIVE HEAVY THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT KATE SMITH

    1.) In hindsight, just another proof that Father Knows Best:

    “Her family tried to discourage her show business ambitions and wanted her to become a nurse, but she gave up nurse training after several months and at 17 went off to seek her fortune. ”

    2.) In less than 6 years from now her descendants will be subject to Racial Reparations:

    ” Smith’s emotional rendition of “God Bless America” made her a symbol of national patriotism who inspired $600 million in World War II bond sales.

    Called “radio’s very own Statue of Liberty,” she traveled 90,000 miles during World War II and hosted several bond-selling marathons. One 24-hour blitz raised $110 million worth of pledges to buy bonds.

    Her niece, Susan Andron of Raleigh, said Smith “never received one penny” from “God Bless America.” “Every penny . . . went to the Boy Scouts of America,” Andron said.

    3.) She was Fat Shamed long before that was a thing:

    The show, “Honeymoon Lane,” was a hit, but critics’ barbs about her weight nearly drove her out of the business until agent Ted Collins became her mentor.

    Her obituary in The New York Times read, “Everything about Kate Smith was outsized, including Miss Smith herself.”

    4.) She jewed famous I-Like-Money-Shvants that claimed being sick of his own saccharine medicine, but found totally kosher that Blue Skies was performed in The Jazz Singer:

    In 1938, she discovered “God Bless America,” which Irvin Berlin wrote 19 years before but never published because he thought it too syrupy. Smith got sole performing rights to it and debuted “God Bless America” on Armistice Day 1938.

    5.) FDR was proud to notice that Kate Smith is Who We Are:

    Within a year after introducing “God Bless America,” Smith became such a patriotic symbol that President Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced her to Britain’s King George VI in 1939 by saying: “This is Kate Smith – this is America.”

    https://web.archive.org/web/20120617055207/http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/archive.mpl?id=1986_246328

    • Replies: @Bliss
  22. Meanwhile, Pierre and his computer glitch are on it again:

    Explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka: ‘100 killed and 400 injured’

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-blast/easter-day-bombs-kill-about-100-in-attacks-on-sri-lankan-churches-hotels-idUSKCN1RX038

    • Replies: @El Dato
  23. @bucky

    I forget. Which countries have sultans?

    • Replies: @bucky
    , @TTSSYF
  24. CCZ says:

    But the Al Jolson statue is not yet wearing a black plastic burka.

    Could having his memorial designed by a black architect be the source of the protective force field??

    “On February 7, 1951, Los Angeles Superior Judge Newcomb Condee authorized the expenditure of $84,000 for the construction of a monument at Hillside Memorial Park for the late Al Jolson. In a petition to the court for funds to build the proposed shrine, Jolson’s widow Erle listed [black architect] Paul R. Williams as the designer to build the “World’s Greatest Entertainer’s” final home.”

    President Truman made a posthumous award of the “Medal of Merit” to Al Jolson “for extraordinary fidelity and exceptionally meritorious conduct” as a volunteer entertainer for U.S. troops during World War II and the Korean War.

    http://www.paulrwilliamsproject.org/gallery/al-jolson-memorial-shrine/

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @Hans
  25. “Insane” is, I think, not the word at all. This is an entirely logical step in the revolutionary repudiation of every trace of white racism (or racial self-appreciation, if you don’t like the plain word). Its purpose is clear, to render it even more objectionable, to the point of unthinkable, that anyone would dare to utter, or even think, such things today and in the future. It is pointless to argue that Robeson should also be banned, because he clearly was not a member of that race which has the most to gain from fighting against this censoring. The prospect of black people awakening to the truth and then clamoring for white rights is low; the heirs and fans of Kate Smith, however, must be presumed suspect forever.

    • Agree: ben tillman
  26. El Dato says:
    @bored identity

    Hindus know that debugging is getting important.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  27. Yoopy says:
    @bucky

    The photo of the hooded Kate Smith does carry a certain Islamic patina that is disquieting to say the least.

    Something is very wrong with these fucking people.

    • Replies: @Gordo
    , @anonymous
    , @Ragno
  28. @prosa123

    Current Year celebrities live there and disagree!

  29. Yoopy says:

    5.) FDR was proud to notice that Kate Smith is Who We Are:

    So, because FDR endorsed Kate Smith, I guess it’s about time to blow that mother fucking racist off of Mount Rushmore.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    , @TWS
    , @Jack D
  30. El Dato says:
    @El Dato

    Actually olde Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is predominantly Buddhist:

    Buddhist – 70%
    Hindu – 13%
    Muslim – 10%
    Christian – 7%
    Other – 0.04%

    Meanwhile, in the fun loving UK:

    Yellow Vests, ‘eco-anarchists’ & pot smokers: London police arrest 750+ in one busy day

    It looks like UK chapter of BLM missed its chance to make a mark.

  31. Tiny Duck says:

    These white tears are delicious!

    Face it you guys lost.

    The future is diverse. The future is inclusive

    The young reject hate and whiteness

    Nike and Ben and Jerry ice cream are the most popular brands and are beyond wine

    All a People of Color and white girls see that white men are evil and need to be overthrown. More and more white girls birth Children of Color

    You lost get over it

    • Replies: @AceDeuce
    , @TWS
    , @TomSchmidt
  32. Eh, I always preferred Archie Bunker’s hilarious sprechgesang version of “God Bless America.”

    Important to note that it isn’t America that is having a nervous breakdown; it is “America” and (((America))) that have gone off the rails, over the cliff, and into the bog.

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

    • Replies: @L Woods
    , @Anonymous
  33. @CCZ

    I’ve taken to calling Paul R. Williams (1894-1980) by his full name of Paul Revere Williams because it’s more memorable. I never heard of him until about ten years ago, but now I see his name all over the place. He was this black architect in Los Angeles who more or less dominated the business of designing homes for Hollywood celebrities in the 1940s and 1950s. He didn’t much try to impose his tastes on his opinionated clients, he just designed them a good looking house in whatever style they wanted. He had a helluva career.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  34. @Yoopy

    His cousin Theodore is on Mount Rushmore. Don’t worry, he’s to be taken care of too.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
  35. RobUK says:

    “God Bless America” is the song they are targeting, not the ones she sang in the 1930s.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  36. Gordo says:
    @Yoopy

    The photo of the hooded Kate Smith does carry a certain Islamic patina that is disquieting to say the least.

    Yes, noticed that.

    How far can they push us? Asking for a friend.

    • Replies: @Alfa158
    , @Moses
  37. Ed C says:

    NYT 4/19/19
    In “Pickaninny Heaven,” Smith sings of a place where “great big watermelons roll around and get in your way.” “Pickaninny” is a demeaning term for a black child. In the 1933 film “Hello Everybody,” Smith sings the song to a group of black orphans listening on the radio.

    “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” begins: “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.”

    The lyrics also include: “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.”

    The song was also recorded by the black singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson, although “one has to think that Robeson’s take on the lyrics was decidedly ironic,” Steven Carl Tracy wrote in “Hot Music, Ragmentation and the Bluing of American Literature.”

    [Italics added by Ed C]

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
  38. Ed says:
    @Diversity Heretic

    That’s why it was important for conservatives and others to stand firm against name changes cause the madness would spread.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  39. bucky says:
    @Macon Richardson

    Or emirs or whatever the fuck the Islamic word for “king” is.

  40. TTSSYF says:
    @Macon Richardson

    According to Wikipedia, Brunei, parts of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Oman have contemporary sultanates.

    • Replies: @jim jones
  41. TTSSYF says:
    @Diversity Heretic

    It’s another example of what happens when you let the equivalent of little children throw temper tantrums. Instead of giving them a swat on the behind and sending them to the time-out chair to calm down, the supposed adults in the country are letting them throw themselves on the floor, kicking and screaming and working themselves up into an utter, irrational frenzy. I think describing it as a nervous breakdown is a very good description of what’s going on with otherwise rational adults in this country. We need an intervention.

    • Agree: mmack
  42. @Bubba

    The puck is black. Oh, the symbolism!

    • Replies: @bomag
  43. AceDeuce says:
    @bucky

    Meanwhile, while schitthole Filthadelphia has her in that burka-style covering (God forbid some sensitive kneegarow sees even a finger or leg), a perusal of Philadelphia newspaper and TV news sites shows little else except blacks destroying the city–murder, rape, hit and runs, assaults, home invasions, etc.

  44. AceDeuce says:
    @Tiny Duck

    “These white tears are delicious!”

    Methinks you’re the type who finds other “white” liquid bodily secretions even more delicious…..

    • Replies: @Jmaie
  45. anon[393] • Disclaimer says:
    @bucky

    yes his name is Winston Smith

    They are literally following 1984 and brave new world to the letter its as if they completely dont get they were warnings and think them manuals, they only deviate when tech allows them even greater authoritarianism. would orwell convert to alt right if alive i think he would

    • Agree: bomag
    • Replies: @SFG
    , @ben tillman
  46. Hans says:
    @CCZ

    “Al Jolson” nee Asa Yoelson’s legacy is secure, and the same applies to the composers of “That’s What Darkies Are For,” Messrs. Brost and Brownstein. When looking for a guilty party, one needs must look for someone who came in contact with their artistic output avoid falling into the thicket of tropes and canards.

    Kinda like the slavery thing come to think of it. This black guy did pretty good horning in Whitey’s guilt.

    Dr. Tony Martin – How Whitey Did the African Slave Trade – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut7I75Q_-zA

    Dr. Tony Martin – Anti-Free Inquiry Tactics In The Controversy Over Whitey’s Slave Trade – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu0vQrZbhQo

    • Replies: @Vinteuil
    , @Vinteuil
  47. TTSSYF says:
    @bored identity

    Even a burka would be better than this. They at least have slits for the eyes.

    • LOL: Hibernian
    • Replies: @Jack D
  48. Helo says:

    I’m reading “Born Red” by Yuan Gao. Sounds like where we’re heading with all this.

    The fact it takes place at a school with the students punishing the teachers for counter revolutionary narratives bears an uncanny resemblence to recent U.S. trial runs.

  49. @Steve Sailer

    Also a good reminder how patriotic blacks were before they were instructed by their progressive (sic) betters not to be and how well that patriotism worked for them.

    A lot of regular blacks still are.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  50. No, Bob, they’re not “misguided.” They’re cutthroat opportunists, using trivial infractions from many years ago to make $$$$ hay. They’re users—using the political-correctness bandwagon that can catapult a few into positions of prominence.

    At least, the PC-purged person made a lot of money over the years. At least, Kate Smith is not a $10 — $12-per-hour employee somewhere in the hinterland, trying to make enough money to cover rent in a society where some trivialities of speech count more than hard work. Selective speech purging has spread across the country, affecting some with unwieldy words far more than others.

    Take the many “diverse” workplaces with 80 – 98% white or 80 – 98% Black moms, where anything goes when dissing the few “non-culture fits” hired out the door. The un-punished insults are unprofessional in the extreme and limitless.

    There is a double, triple or quadruple standard when it comes to speech purges.

    When cutthroat people are doing their thing—i.e. using people to advance themselves—any, little, ordinary Jane or Joe can have his / her rent & food source cut off for saying something far less objectionable than what Kate Smith sang a couple of times, more than half a century ago, in a different social setting.

    The funny thing is that Kate Smith was just doing what her social milieu expected, trying to get ahead in life at a time when such speech was the norm. And no group is doing the same thing more than her detractors. No group is saying whatever they need to say in the PC era to get ahead more than them.

    They never bother to admit that most white people have been censoring themselves, voluntarily, since the civil rights act of 1964. Cutthroat opportunists have to go to the most remote locations or far back in time when different social norms prevailed to find purge-worthy targets.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  51. @36 ulster

    That was a long time ago.

    • Replies: @36 ulster
  52. @RobUK

    That’s true, but it’s not that simple.

    That performance of that song is high camp and also tied in with 9/11 remembrance which itself has devolved into low camp. Pearl Harbor is a day that lives in infamy, not victimhood-celebrating sentimentality.

    As camp has taken over the rest of the culture, many regular people turn to sports as a refuge. The tragic irony is that Kate Smith meant it for real to the bottom of her colossal heart.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  53. I care nothing for organized sports, and I don’t particularly care for the song ‘God bless America’. But the more I read of this, the more disgusted I become. Smith was a huge national singing star. For her statue to be covered in an ugly black tarp, because of long-ago deviationist [sic] behavior, is truly NorthKorea-worthy. Is the tarp a temporary measure until they can recruit the local BLM to ritually destroy the statue with sledgehammers? Or perhaps they’ll go full Kim Jong Un and blast it with an anti-aircraft gun?

    This is the leftist culture putting everyone on notice that if you have EVER violated modern SJW norms, they’re gonna find you and destroy you. Or if you happen to be dead, they’ll destroy your reputation.

    I hope there is widespread mockery and pushback. At the mundane political level, maybe Trump can get into the act, and peel some votes in Pennsylvania.

    • Agree: TTSSYF
    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
  54. L Woods says:
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    No, “conservative” America is right behind them. Try questioning the sanctity of second wave feminism, civil rights, etc in front of your average boomercons.

  55. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @Yoopy

    Actually, it reminded me of the shameful pictures of those tortured “detainees” at Abu Ghraib.

    I do agree with the general sentiment here about the infantile Berial of Kate Smith.

  56. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:
    @Desiderius

    Your use of “camp” is spot on. The camouflage uniforms, military flyovers, etc., played a big part in my finally giving up on spectator sports.

  57. @Diversity Heretic

    “Anyone who thought that the dispossession of white people in America would involve only statues of Confederate States of America leaders should be disabused of that notion by now.”

    The only difference between White/Black in the USA (and a couple other Western nations) and the Israeli/Palestinian struggle is that the Israelis dare to fight for their own survival.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  58. Ragno says:
    @Yoopy

    The before and after burqa pix of Kate Smith are as devastating a visual metaphor of what America has become as any you could hope against ever seeing.

  59. jim jones says:
    @TTSSYF

    The Sultan of Brunei has a house in London, he brings his prostitutes there.

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
  60. Ragno says:
    @bucky

    What I wonder is how did they figure it out? Like, someone with too much time on his hands is combing through…everything…looking for any hint of racism?

    Answered your own question.

    America is now at least partially populated by millions of petty-sadistic ballbusters who live on Twitter 24/7, digging up this sort of pointless ephemera, the better to further divide us.

    In their spare time, they militate for the rescinding of the Bill of Rights, starting with 1 and 2. And given the spinelessness of our elected officials, and the Babbitty whatever, just kill me last timidity of most Americans terrified of being targeted for bankruptcy or worse (like simply having their bank accounts cancelled for incorrect political beliefs), they’re going to get their wish – and sooner rather than later.

  61. HenryA says:

    I guess it’s time to ban John Lennon too.

  62. Anonymous[187] • Disclaimer says:

    I’m sure Francis Scott Key was a bad guy too.

    They already got rid of a statue of Stephen Foster.

    It’s not really about race per se but about blacks as sacred race. I doubt it’d be a big deal if Smith once sang an insensitive song about Muslims or Indians.

    It’s all very ironic because black culture has now reverted to a form of neo-savagery where blacks act like stereotypes of old: Pure Jungle.

    Worship as gods those who love acting beastly.

  63. Anonymous[232] • Disclaimer says:

    “I’ll let Kate Smith sing my song.”

  64. TWS says:
    @Tiny Duck

    This is barely, ‘duck worthy’. Up the duck game, don’t repeat the same old gloating mantras.

    I know it’s tough to play a part for so long but put a little effort in to it. You’ll have more fun and be more entertaining.

  65. @Diversity Heretic

    Where this will end :
    Within 50 years whites will not just be getting killed like in Africa .
    We will be cannibalized.
    I know it sounds crazy, but I believe it with all my heart.
    I am embarrassed to post this even.

  66. eD says:

    “God Bless America” should be the national anthem instead of what we have now. Same sentiment but “God Bless America” is simply a better song.

    However, as a Yankees fan who has been to many Yankees games, i think they should tone back their shick so losing the song at the games doesn’t upset me.

  67. TWS says:
    @Yoopy

    Oh for goodness sakes we already have a, duck. We don’t need another person pretending to be an ignorant clown.

  68. TWS says:

    They use this song because they reject legacy America and want to rebrand to something they feel more comfortable in. What’s next? ‘It’s Raining Men’?

  69. J.Ross says: • Website
    @bucky

    There are a lot of maddening things about the Russian hackers nonsense but possibly the most is that we are under seige from thought leaders, political ad men, consensus crackers and consensus formers, and professional activists, who are, of course, thoroughly American, or working for the American establishment. Tim Murdock had a good description in a recent Red Ice show about how government generally can’t do this Stasi stuff for Constitutional reasons (but notice the legalization of domestic propaganda), but they don’t need to, because of “private” organizations like the SPLC. So besides the great meta-government seen in the revolving door of military contractors, we have a meta-government of bureaucrats and private citizen activists cooperating to use outrage to fuel legislation.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  70. Jack D says:
    @Yoopy

    The purge of dead white males from our currency seems to have been paused but not terminated by Trump’s election. AFAIK, the Permanent Government is still working on the Harriet Tubman $20 bill. The moment Trump is out of office, the purge will continue and not just Jackson but ALL the dead white males will have to go, especially the slave owning Washington and Jefferson not to mention the redlining FDR. What sort of role models are these for our children?

    The recent discovery of a photo of the young Tubman does not help the cause, as Steve points out, because instead of being an ugly old black lady she is an ugly young black woman – it would have worked out much better if they could have imagined young Tubman as sort of a 19th century Halle Berry. There is a tradition in France that Marianne, the embodiment of the Republic (sort of like the goddess of Liberty who used to be on our currency until we turned to hagiography) is depicted by the most beautiful woman of the age – too bad we don’t have a similar custom.

    • Replies: @bomag
    , @Lot
    , @Johann Ricke
    , @njguy73
  71. @Tiny Duck

    Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

  72. bomag says:
    @James Speaks

    We need more LOL buttons.

  73. Jack D says:
    @Holden McGroin III

    I’m betting this is what it was really about. They must have done the market research that only 2% of people in the key 18-39 demographic even know who Kate Smith is. Why is this fat old dead white lady the symbol of our organization? How does this appeal to the new diverse fan base that we are trying to attract after all of the current old white guys die (as far as advertisers are concerned they are already dead – people form their brand preferences before age 39 so if you aren’t drinking Bud by then you ain’t never gonna change)? Couldn’t we get someone more relevant to the Current Year such as Nipsey Hustle or Jussie Smollett to be the symbol of our team?

    After that is was just a matter of finding some convenient excuse to get rid of her. Go thru YouTube and find some 1930 recording of her singing a racist song or wearing blackface or something – you know that there’s one there. “Show me the (wo)man and I’ll show you the crime. ” (Beria).

    • Agree: Desiderius
  74. bomag says:
    @Holden McGroin III

    some hipster… finally found a way to force a change

    Then this hipster is part of the problem: anonymous, un-accountable people trolling us for changes that they can’t get from straight-up appeal to facts and established processes.

  75. Jmaie says:
    @AceDeuce

    “Methinks you’re the type who finds other “white” liquid bodily secretions even more delicious”

    Do not feed the trolls…

  76. bomag says:
    @Jack D

    Agree.

    I’m cheering for bureaucratic inertia to prevail in favor of Jackson; but maybe bureaucratic inertia in this day and age moves toward judging people by the color of their skin.

    The “looks” department might be enough to scrub the Tubman consideration, but maybe the alternate beauty brigade will take up her cause.

  77. @songbird

    Good. If this doesn’t wake-up the cucks, I don’t know what will.

  78. @Redneck farmer

    In times like these, there is no accounting for accuracy. I thought Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint were on Mt. Rushmore.

  79. Lot says:
    @Jack D

    The model for the peace dollar was a 21 year old Italian immigrant. When she was arriving a few years prior her family said she looked like the Statue of Liberty.

    Definitely more attractive design than mad King George III.

    Mostly though both colonial America and the first few decades of the Republic we used Spanish or Mexican silver coins, not English ones. Charles III of Spain (2nd image) also had ugly coins. He lacked the ugly inbred Hapsburg look at least, as he was a Bourbon and pretty outbred for a king of that era, with his Farnese mother the daughter of a Duke of Parma and German prince-elector’s daughter.

    The Morgan dollar model was pretty too, in a strong pioneer woman way.

  80. Svigor says:

    This one is interesting because it probably involves revenue streams. Usually Nice White Dullards just throw their dead relatives under the bus at the Universal Constant, because, well, they’re dead; their pain is over, and the survivors have status jockeying to do. E.g., Mollie Tibbets’ family, the shitlib families that actually embrace the killers, invite them to live in their homes, etc.

    But in this case, Kate’s work is, or was, probably still making them money. So they won’t be quite so hasty to line up alongside the rest of society to throw her under the bus.

    It’s tempting to say the White Race are a pack of cowards who routinely shit on their dead relatives and ancestors when even slightly convenient, but the fact is we have no way of knowing; people like me who’d tell (((Big Media))) we hope our relatives’ politically-protected murderers roast in the deepest pits of Hell don’t get much publicity.

  81. Dr. X says:
    @Diversity Heretic

    It’s not a “nervous breakdown.” It’s 100% deliberate. It’s communism, plain and simple. All white, bourgeois institutions must be purged, history must be rewritten, and “enemies of the people” must become nonpersons like Comrade Yehzov.

    I’m dead serious. That is exactly what’s happening… and it’s just beginning. Gonna get a hell of a lot worse. Mark my words.

  82. @Holden McGroin III

    It’s about the song itself, not the particular version.

  83. @Lot

    For a while, the model for “Liberty” on American coins was Elsie Stevens, the beautiful wife of the brilliant poet Wallace Stevens.

    She later lost her mind and inspired the great line from William Carlos Williams:

    “The pure products of America
    go crazy…”

    btw I used to date a girl who had been delivered by Williams at birth (he was an OB-GYN). So, I touched a person who touched one of the greatest American poets. Also, Allen Ginsberg tried to pick me up once, when I was a college kid. That was a hoot.

    Maybe Ruth “Buzzi” Ginsburg will try next….

    • Replies: @Vinteuil
  84. J1234 says:

    Well, at least this retroactive anti-racist hysteria could be a way to historically incriminate the entertainment industry, hopefully with a heavy emphasis on Hollywood. Contrast Hollywood’s portrayal of blacks in the 1930’s with it’s heavy involvement with political movements and organizations in the 1930’s like the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League.

    If the US is forever de-legitimized by it’s “corrupt origins” (in the minds of leftists), then so it should be for Hollywood. Except that the left doesn’t work that way. That would require that they have “principals”…which would only get in the way of the lavish funding, exposure and social status they receive from Hollywood.

  85. anon[166] • Disclaimer says:
    @Diversity Heretic

    And the first place to stop this craziness is to restore the Confederate statues and Confederate reputation. Don’t hang your head when they scream “slavery” and “racism”. If you reject the Confederates as evil racists you’ve lost every argument that comes after that, including transgenders and immigration.
    Robert E Lee is not just a part of history we have to keep around for historical accuracy. He is a good role model for your kids and grandkids today.

  86. SFG says:
    @anon

    Given that he was a democratic socialist who opposed both fascism and communism in their original incarnations, I’d think ‘intellectual dark web’ would be a better bet TBH.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  87. Jack D says:
    @SFG

    It’s interesting that both Left and Right accuse the other of tendencies toward Orwellian totalitarianism. Now from the Right POV, the Leftist accusations are delusional and their accusations really hit home, but from the Left POV, the opposite is true.

  88. Prove that she sang those songs. Let’s see some videos of her singing them, then we can be the judge, or something. Was one of them, “If the Man in the Moon Were a Coon?”

  89. mmack says:

    Steve,

    I hate to break it to you, but television has you covered decades before Seinfeld vis a vis Kate Smith and social justice warriors. Let one Archibald Bunker of Queens, NY show you how to handle pinko meatheads:

  90. mmack says:
    @Anonymous

    You’re thinking of Sorrell Booke, who played Jefferson Davis “JD” Hogg. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorrell_Booke

  91. @Jack D

    The moment Trump is out of office, the purge will continue and not just Jackson but ALL the dead white males will have to go, especially the slave owning Washington and Jefferson not to mention the redlining FDR.

    Maybe Washington, District of Columbia will someday be renamed Obama, District of Sharpton, or some such.

  92. 36 ulster says:
    @Desiderius

    Indeed it was; the Mesozoic Era in the mind of our precious hipsters.

  93. 36 ulster says:
    @36 ulster

    Dept. of Corrections: Should read SOMETIMES comes in second-best. Update: FORMER Flyers fan.

  94. @Holden McGroin III

    Maybe, hipsters do have a habit of using accusations of political incorrectness to attack music they don’t think is cool and current. Heavy metal – too sexist, classical music – too elitist, progressive rock – too white and nerdy, country and western – too rural redneck etc.

    Hipsters are also totally ignorant of musical skill. If you can sing in five octaves, or master difficult cords or your guitar, you’ll probably end up being demonised by hipsters.

    • Replies: @Anon87
  95. Vinteuil says:
    @Hans

    …the composers of “That’s What Darkies Are For,” Messrs. Brost and Brownstein…

    Ummm – Brost & Brownstein? According to Mark Steyn, who knows everything about old popular songs, the composers were named Ray Henderson & Lew Brown:

    Unfortunately, Miss Smith made the mistake of recording other songs, too, including one called “That’s Why Darkies Were Born”, written by Ray Henderson and Lew Brown for George White’s Scandals of 1931. Her fellow singer, the hardcore Communist Paul Robeson, who happens to be black, also made a famous recording of it. Why? Because he understood it to be a sardonic number by a couple of wise-guys for a sophisticated Broadway audience on the pathetic justifications offered for southern racism.

    https://www.steynonline.com/9314/edelweiss-uber-alles

    • Replies: @Vinteuil
  96. Ted Bell says:
    @bucky

    “What I wonder is how did they figure it out? ”

    It’s no mystery, once you understand the root problem. The Rube Goldbergian connection to the “white man’s original sin” wasn’t randomly stumbled upon, and the target isn’t Kate Smith. She’s collateral damage. The target is the deeply offensive (to them) song; GOD BLESS AMERICA. The song’s history was examined under a microscope until something, ANYTHING, could be found to label it evil, without the need to explicitly attack either God, or America. It’s no longer acceptable to tolerate either of those concepts in much of the country, but it’s not yet safe to openly demonize them outside of major cities. A tenuous link to “racism” turns their blind hatred into Goodthought.

  97. Alfa158 says:
    @Gordo

    Until we’re extinct or we resist. Until then they’ll roll over one line of defense after another.

  98. Vinteuil says:
    @Hans

    And, besides, as Steyn points out, the song was meant as a parody of bad-white thinking – which is why Paul Robeson took it up.

    So, in The Current Year Zero, Kate Smith must be memory-holed ’cause she sang a song written by & for an earlier generation of SJW’s.

  99. dr kill says:
    @Bubba

    I’ll have a lot more time for Le Tour now that I don’t need to follow the Yanks or Flyers.

  100. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Desiderius

    A lot of regular blacks are basically decent kids in adult bodies, a little rambunctious but not evil and trying to make their way in a world they didn’t make and don’t fully understand. On a personal level they deserve some empathy, I think.

    A few blacks are quite capable of understanding the world as it is. Some are decent, some are not.

    And many simply can’t deal with the white world alone. In the old days their community was an asset to them, but that’s been stripped from them. Now it’s telling them nonsensical and destructive things.

    Don’t misunderstand: whites have to look out for themselves first and foremost, but we should put ourselves in others’ place once in a while.

  101. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lot

    That most American of classic Hollywood figures, Marilyn Monroe, belongs on US coinage somewhere. Having her replace the repellent FDR on the dime seems ok with me.

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
    , @Moses
  102. Vinteuil says:
    @Vinteuil

    Oops – Wikipedia informs me:

    Ray Henderson (born Raymond Brost)

    &

    Lew Brown (born Louis Brownstein)

    My apologies to Hans.

  103. Lot says:
    @Desiderius

    Just say no to pro sports, or at least paying to view them.

    Good news on that front, ESPN subscriber count is down 15% from its peak:

    https://www.outkickthecoverage.com/espn-loses-two-million-more-subscribers-in-fiscal-2018/

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  104. @Lot

    Totally there. This from lifelong Bengals/Reds fan. No longer a thing.

  105. CCZ says:

    Dogs are racist and white dog singing along with Kate Smith’s “God Bless America” confirms U Mass sociologist’s thesis that dogs are racist.

  106. Jack D says:
    @TTSSYF

    No need to worry about the Burka anymore. They have removed the statue to an undisclosed location.

    “While Kate Smith’s performance of “God Bless America” cannot be erased from its place in Flyers history, that rendition will no longer be featured in our game presentations. And to ensure the sentiments stirred … are no longer echoed, earlier today [Easter Sunday to ensure minimal news coverage even if it did cost us triple time] we completed the removal of the Kate Smith statue from its former location outside of our arena,” the Flyers organization said in a statement issued Sunday afternoon.

    “The NHL principle ‘Hockey is for Everyone’ is at the heart of everything the Flyers stand for,” Flyers President Paul Holmgren said in a statement. “As a result, we cannot stand idle while material from another era gets in the way of who we are today.”

    The Flyers are owned by Comcast, owner of MSNBC so this should not be a shocker.

    Let’s see whether “Get Woke, Go Broke” holds. Hockey may be “for” everyone but mostly old white guys are the ones who watch it for the present and the Flyers fans (their actual current fans, not their non-existent future black fans) are furious. This is the same kind of far sighted decision making that won the White House for Hillary.

    • Replies: @TTSSYF
    , @Desiderius
  107. dan smith says:

    April 15 was Jackie Robinson day. Should be Branch Rickey Day. Robinson was a fine ball player but without Rickey he wouldn’t be anything but a footnote.

  108. Kylie says:
    @Curmudgeon

    I wonder if you wonder.

  109. TTSSYF says:
    @Jack D

    It’s time for whites to go Galt.

    • Replies: @Johann Ricke
  110. TTSSYF says:
    @jim jones

    True. It’s recognized, and even allowed under Islam, I believe, that Muslim men can do whatever they want in a non-Muslim country, because they’re surrounded by infidels, who are, according to Islam, the equivalent of pigs. So it’s not surprising that the Sultan comes to London to engage with prostitutes (likewise with the 9/11 crew, who spent the night before at strip joints). My understanding is that the Saudi “royal” family does the same when they go to Europe. Effing hypocrites, all of them.

  111. Vinteuil says:
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Allen Ginsberg…

    Whatever. Three stages in the long, strange story of why nobody gives a damn about poetry anymore.

  112. @J.Ross

    The Blue Cheka never rests.

  113. TTSSYF says:
    @Anonymous

    She was an idiot who caroused with married men and killed herself at 36 with an overdose. She inherited genes that made her outwardly beautiful. For that we should immortalize her?

    Men can be such fools.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  114. @Jack D

    The NHL principle ‘Hockey is for Everyone’ is at the heart of everything the Flyers stand for

    Everyone but Americans, you corporate fuck.

    Paul Holmgren
    Born
    December 2, 1955 (age 63)
    Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.

    Every. Time. Nice as a battleaxe to the skull.

  115. CCZ says:

    Maybe they thought that, like with those Confederate ones, with Kate’s statue gone, all the black homicides would disappear too. These 2 happened in neighboring Camden early AM when Kate was still standing (even if burked). Now that another evil racist statue is gone, the brothas will no doubt be very well behaved.

    “Gunfire erupted in Camden in the early hours of Easter Sunday, leaving two people dead and another injured, local authorities said.”

    https://www.nj.com/news/2019/04/easter-shooting-leaves-2-nj-teens-dead-a-third-hurt.html

  116. Vinteuil says:
    @Jack D

    …and the icing on the ironic cake is that the song she merely sang was written by a pair of Jewish SJW’s (avant la lettre) to satirize the gentile rubes.

    I can’t even.

  117. @Vinteuil

    Oft evil will shall evil mar.

    Don’t think Kate deserves to get caught in the middle though.

  118. Moses says:
    @Gordo

    How far can they push us? Asking for a friend.

    Oh, they’re just getting started. You ain’t seen nothing yet.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  119. Moses says:
    @Anonymous

    Actors and actresses are order-taking nobodies who make a living pretending to be someone else in a film someone else wrote/directed/produced/financed.

    A great many of them traded sexual favors to obtain their film parts.

    They don’t deserve to be lionized in the public consciousness.

    • Agree: TTSSYF
  120. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @TTSSYF

    She used bad judgment, and had a shitty upbringing, but she was no idiot. She conveyed on film the eternal feminine, even more so than John Wayne (or Robert Mitchum or Clint Eastwood) conveyed the eternal masculine.

    And I doubt her death was quite a suicide. She had some help.

    The French used Catherine Deneuve to symbolize Marianne. Monroe would make a good Miss Liberty.

  121. @Vinteuil

    It was written by Irving Berlin, and he was sincere about its sentiment. He also wrote “White Christmas” and “Easter Parade”, both songs loved by mainstream America. “Easter Parade” is a paean to feminine beauty; I doubt the average angry young feminist would have ever heard this song but I can imagine the hate it would trigger in that type.

    • Replies: @Vinteuil
  122. @Ed C

    “one has to think that Robeson’s take on the lyrics was decidedly ironic,”

    That’s a last-ditch excuse worth trying when you’re tossed onto the tumbrel: “But I was being ironic!

  123. @TTSSYF

    It’s time for whites to go Galt.

    No. More like join the military or some other branch of the security services at the federal, state or local level and wait for the balloon to go up. That’s how you get access to the armories, and like-minded individuals. You think the Civil War got started by a bunch of John Galts? Ayn Rand was a libertarian fantasist. A viable insurrection requires organization, weaponry, manpower, financing and a whole host of other support items. You don’t get that by going Galt.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @TTSSYF
  124. @anon

    They are literally following 1984 and brave new world to the letter its as if they completely dont get they were warnings and think them manuals . . . .

    Some people say 1984 was an instruction manual.

  125. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Johann Ricke

    Revolutions are common: successful ones quite rare.

    Usually the revolutionaries just get killed.

    A lot of things are required to pull off a successful revolution.

  126. @Vinteuil

    That’s quite the sad, angry, dreary little life you’re leading.

    Carry on.

    • Replies: @Vinteuil
  127. I am quite disturbed by this antisemitic attack on racist Jewish songwriters like Lew Brown.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That%27s_Why_Darkies_Were_Born

  128. Bliss says:
    @bored identity

    Holy shit! This broad has broader and beefier shoulders than 99.9% of men.

  129. @Mike_from_SGV

    At the mundane political level, maybe Trump can get into the act, and peel some votes in Pennsylvania.

    He should go and deliver a rousing speech right in front of that shrouded statue. “This Stops Here” — this cultural decimation; this endless wreckage of all that was good.

    “This Stops Here.” For, if not here, where? If not now, when?

  130. TTSSYF says:
    @Johann Ricke

    Regardless of Rand’s philosophical beliefs (and, while I think she was sincere, I reserve a little skepticism that she might just have identified an unoccupied intellectual niche that would bring her fame and wealth), competent people self-sorting into Red states and making them more solidly Red, coupled with boycotting the media (including social media), Hollywood, and other trash in our society could be a first, non-violent step, with more aggressive steps taken as circumstances warrant (e.g., a national walk-out for a day, a week, or a month). It does not preclude the steps you mention, but things have to be really bad for there to be open warfare. The Civil War didn’t work out too well for the South, nor, for that matter, for the North. We’re not yet at the point where people who are otherwise fed up are ready to die. We should at least give these non-violent options a try first.

    • Agree: Dtbb
  131. @Moses

    They’re not pushing us dear, they’re pushing those awful Nazis who deserve it.

  132. Anonymous[303] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    What is a “sprechgesang”?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Vinteuil
  133. Anonymous[303] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ed

    That’s why it was important for conservatives and others to stand firm against name changes cause the madness would spread.

    Weak argument. You should have been able to defend the old names and the old monuments on their own terms.

  134. Anonymous[303] • Disclaimer says:
    @Endgame Napoleon

    No, Bob, they’re not “misguided.” They’re cutthroat opportunists, using trivial infractions from many years ago to make $$$$ hay. They’re users—using the political-correctness bandwagon that can catapult a few into positions of prominence.

    No, they are attempting to steal other people’s land and women and to commit genocide.

  135. Anonymous[303] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Alarmist

    The only difference between Whites vs Immigrant Americans in the USA (and a couple other Western nations) and Palestinians vs Jewish immigrants is that the Palestinians dare to fight for their own survival.

    • Disagree: TTSSYF
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  136. Jack D says:
    @Anonymous

    “Talk-singing” . Although that’s not what Archie really does – he just recites the song as a poem. Talk-singing is halfway between talking and singing – for example Rex Harrison singing “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face”.

  137. Vinteuil says:
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    That’s quite the sad, angry, dreary little life you’re leading.

    Heh. But, hey – when it comes to poetry, at least I’m not quite as reactionary as The Derb!

    Anyway, I’m certainly sad & angry about what modernism & post-modernism & post-post-modernism &c did to music and literature & the fine arts, and to their place in the life of the community.

    But dreary? Not entirely. From Hildegard von Bingen to Benjamin Britten, from Homer to Yeats, from Myron to Bouguereau, there’s a lot of old stuff out there to explore that keeps me from ever getting too gloomy about the present state of affairs.

  138. Vinteuil says:
    @Anonymous

    What is a “sprechgesang”?

    Basically, a compromise between speaking and singing. You use a speaking voice, but you maintain pitch, like you were singing. Similar to “sprechstimme.”

    The locus classicus is Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire.

    As Jack D points out above, that’s not really what Archie Bunker is doing.

  139. Vinteuil says:
    @Hark hark a lark

    It was written by Irving Berlin…

    That’s “God Bless America.”

    We were talking about “Why Darkies Were Born” – the song that got her in trouble.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
  140. Not the first time the Yankees have thrown someone under the bus for political incorrectness without verifying the facts. Recall the Irish Tenor who used to sing “God Bless America.”

    http://archive.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/03/14/scorned_by_new_york_tenor_regains_a_voice/

  141. Anon87 says:
    @unpc downunder

    Metal wokeness is already a thing. Interrupting shows, trying to get band’s shows cancelled, online attacks, etc.

    Classical will be easy to take down with no one to really defend it. They will start with Wagner and go from there.

  142. @Vinteuil

    God Bless America was almost certainly the song that got her in trouble. Nationalism beats globalism because it’s more local, but regionalism beats nationalism for the same reason and the Northeast takes pride in not “forcing their religion down everyone’s throat” and not being so jingoistic like some other parts of the country.

    That this is little more than rank prejudice and has little correspondence to reality matters not a whit.

  143. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    My sympathy for the Pals in principle is tempered by their being so bad at it. They are more interested in killing or tormenting individual Jews and blowing stuff up than in securing the existence of their people and a future for Palestinian children.

    Blowing up random Israeli Jews, throwing rocks at cars, that kind of thing doesn’t work.

    What would work? We can’t discuss that, that’s been made clear, but we can state in principle the decisionmakers need to find the undesirable actions ( from the standpoint of, in this instance, the Pals) personally discomfitting. One Cat-Eyes Lockhart, aka the Jack of Diamonds, is worth a ton of dummies that make stuff go kaboom and kill or disfigure people who had no personal involvement in your issue and might even sympathize with you given half a chance.

    Revolution is serious business and takes a lot of thinking. The Pals are not too good at thinking.

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