The Left’s culture of outrage is on display everywhere.
Sadly, the weak-kneed pencil pushers so accustomed to caving to left-wing student radicals on college campuses are now infesting sports in America and even “institutions” once viewed as America’s best, now live in fear of left-wing protesters.
Now, the New York Yankees have just offended virtually everyone when they overreacted to revelations about this one singer.
The radical left has been working to take over American sports for years.
Liberals took over sports journalism.
And from participation trophies for everyone, no tackling in football, to convincing otherwise red-blooded american sports fans that soccer is worth watching, the new sports media elite set about ramming their views down Americans’ throats.
Sadly, those in charge of many professional sports leagues and franchises are buying into the sports media elites’ propaganda and pushing it on fans too.
The New York Yankees is one them.
They just scrapped a long-standing 7th inning stretch tradition, which started after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
When the Boys of Summer returned to the field after the tragedy, the Yankees started playing “God Bless America” during the 7th inning stretch.
But that all changed this week over a contrived racial controversy involving the singer of one rendition of the song dating back to the 1930’s.
The New York Yankees have stopped using TV/radio star Kate Smithís rendition of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” during their home games because of allegations of past racism in the late singer’s prior choice of songs.
Known as the “Songbird of the South,” Smith sold tons of World War II bonds by performing “God Bless America” during the 1940s. The Yankees revived it after 9/11 and have used it for the past 18 years during the traditional 7th inning stretch.
“The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information,” said a team statement. “The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”
The songs in question included Smith’s 1939 version of “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” from the 1931 Broadway revue “George White’s Scandals.” It was considered satire at the time and was recorded by Smith and also by Paul Robeson, a black actor and civil rights icon. Smith also sang and appeared in a video for the jingle, “Pickaninny Heaven,” which contains racist lyrics and imagery.
Smith died in 1986. Her radio, television, and recording career spanned five decades, peaking in the 1940s. Her version of “God Bless America” was also performed live for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team in the 1970s. The team subsequently built a statue of her outside its arena.
The Yankees have lost their minds with this one.
And the Left’s culture of outrage really is getting out of hand.
But we want to know what you think.
Will there be a backlash against the Yankees for nixing Smith’s rousing rendition of “God Bless America”?
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