The Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday removed a statue of late singer Kate Smith that stood outside their arena for more than three decades, the move coming two days after the team covered the monument in response to complaints about two tunes the "God Bless America" singer performed in the 1930s.
Smith's 1931 song "That's Why Darkies Were Born" was at the heart of the current controversy.
Smith's connection with the Flyers started in 1969 when a team executive ordered her version of "God Bless America" to be played instead of "The Star Spangled Banner".
Both teams stated they would no longer use Smith's version of the song. "As we continue to look into this serious matter, we are removing Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" from our library and covering up the statue that stands outside our arena".
The Kate Smith statue was erected in 1987 outside the Flyers' former stadium and moved to its new stadium around 2011.
In addition to the statue's relocation, the National Hockey League team also banned the use of Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" during home games as part of measures it said were aimed at tackling racism.
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Multiple professional sports franchises are distancing themselves from legendary 1930s singer Kate Smith due to her alleged history of singing racist songs. "Because they're misguided. They don't understand what kind of person Kate Smith was".
The team followed that move by removing the statue altogether, saying in a ratioed Twitter statement - in which responses outnumber likes - that "we can not stand idle while material from another era gets in the way of who we are today".
The decisions come amid growing recognition that other songs performed by Smith, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1982, are racist. In a scene in which she sang to black children listening to her on the radio, she dedicated the song to "a lot of little colored children living in an orphanage" and sang of how "great big watermelons roll around and get in your way" and "luscious pork chop bushes bloom right outside your doorway".
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A representative for the team told the New York Daily News they'd "been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and chose to immediately and carefully review this new information".
While the spokesman added that no definite conclusions had been made, they wanted to err on the side of "sensitivity". She also sang 1931's "That's Why Darkies Were Born", which noted that "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".