'God Bless America' singer Kate Smith told millions that 'race hatreds' must be 'exterminated'; pioneered racial integration on TV

The New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Flyers made big headlines recently for banning singer Kate Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" at games after getting word she sang racist lyrics nearly 90 years ago.

The Flyers arguably had a deeper association with Smith, who sang "God Bless America" at the team's important games during their Stanley Cup-winning days in the early 1970s. But the Flyers went so far as to cover Smith's statue in front of the team's arena before removing...

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