Philadelphia Flyers remove Kate Smith statue outside arena over racist songs

A year after her 1986 death, the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers erected a statue to honor renowned singer Kate Smith, whose rendition of “God Bless America” was played during home games for decades, including the 2018-2019 season.

Kate Smith during the production of ‘Hello Everybody’ circa 1932. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

But on Sunday the Flyers announced they had removed the statue, saying the team had discovered some of her songs contained racist lyrics and sentiments that were...

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