The Philadelphia Flyers have covered the statue of Kate Smith that stands outside of the Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers also say they will stop using Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America” before hockey games.



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6 Action News Philadelphia (@6abc) reported, the Flyers released the following statement on Friday:




   ” We have recently become aware that several songs performed by Kate Smith contain offensive lyrics that do not reflect our values as an organization. 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.”



Here are some of the lyrics from Smith’s song titled “That’s Why Darkies Were Born”




   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.


Someone had to laugh at trouble,

Though he was tired and worn,

Had to be contented with any old thing,

That’s why darkies were born.


Sing, sing, sing when you’re weary and sing when you’re blue,

Sing, sing that’s what you taught all the white folks to do.


Someone had to fight the devil,

Shout about Gabriel’s Horn,

Someone had to stoke the train,

That would bring God’s children to green pastures,

That’s why darkies were born.