Flyers Remove Statue Over Racist History
Citing “lyrics and sentiments that are incompatible with the values of our organization,” the Philadelphia NHL team announced yesterday that it would remove a likeness of American singer Kate Smith from outside its arena because of the allegedly racist nature of some of her songs from the 1930s. The Flyers also said they’d join the New York Yankees in refusing to play Smith’s popular rendition of “God Bless America” at all Wells Fargo Center games.
What are Smith’s relatives saying? They’re no fans of the decision by both teams, arguing the singer has been mischaracterized as a racist.