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WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — The mayor of a New Jersey shore town says they will continue to play Kate Smith’s recording of “God Bless America” on its boardwalk despite allegations of racism against the singer.

Wildwood has traditionally started each day by playing the song. Mayor Ernie Troiano says it’s a patriotic song that has “nothing to do with anything but America.”

Troiano’s comments come as some sports teams have stopped playing Smith’s version of the song amid conflicting claims about several of her tunes, including her 1939 hit “That’s Why the Darkies Were Born.” The tune originated in the 1931 Broadway revue “George White’s Scandals,” and was considered satire at the time. Smith’s likeness also appears in a 1939 ad that heavily uses the mammy caricature, one of the most well-known racist depictions of black women.

Smith died in 1986.

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8 thoughts on “Town Keeps Playing Smith Recording Amid Racist Allegations

  1. CiscoKid on said:

    (My third attempt. I think I’ve been ‘shadow banned’ from BlackAmericaWeb.)
    If Kate Smith is a racist for singing the “D@rkies” song, then so is Paul Robeson, who also sang it and recorded it. The song was written for a play; it mocks and satirizes racism and slavery. Only someone who is ignorant of the context and the history of the song – and too lazy to look it up – can call Kate Smith a racist for singing it.

  2. Ted Gravely on said:

    Let go of the Holocaust – stop talking about those dead Jews. So what Hitler gassed them. Stop talking about dead white kids at Columbine- burn their ashes and flush them down the toilet. Forget about 9/11. So what those towers fell and white people jumping out of the tower. Please who cares. Yep. Coons jump to that racist dead bitty’s defense. Why? Cause they are coons. Coons still pray to white Jesus. Why? Cause they are coons. This old lady wasn’t a racist because of the times – she was simply a racist. She should have never been honored. Her song should have never been played. Naw folks – kick that fat racist moon faced white bitty to the curb. She was racist. Coons will coon. God is a man of war. God won’t forget. These racists with their brutality won’t be forgotten. There is no heaven for the white man. Coons you can’t save them.

    • African American Woman on said:

      You’re a victim-minded, do-nothing-but-blow-hot-air jackass…its one thing to talk abd at the same time make sure your kids are educated, your men aren’t killing each other like its hunting season, you’ve accumulated wealth, there’s a high % of intact families, home ownership and business ownership. Then there’s us; forever complaining about stuff we can do NOTHING about and doing NOTHING about the things we can control. Wimpy black people like you are a huge reason why so many of us fail to launch- the overwhelming sense of victimhood, laziness and depending on others to change our lot in life. You claim to love our people but cynically buy into what you claim the white man thinks of us-we are powerless, stupid, destructive and dependent-and your dumb behind co-signs on all of that. People who truly love and want the best for others tell them the unmitigated truth. Wimps like you stay on the sidelines and whine.

  3. African American Woman on said:

    OMG people get a life! This country had a horrific agenda to hurt black people-decades and decades ago. LET IT GO! Taking down a statue or whatever changes NOTHING! As much as some people with nothing else to do think they can control the minds and will of others. People, there are other peoples of the world who have also been heinously aggreived but you don’t hear them crying 24-7 because they are busy bettering themselves and communities. There’s lots of injustices that happened to people who are long dead by people who are long dead. Move on and grow.

  4. Wildwood NJ is a RACIST/IGNORANT town.

    I remember back in the day when Folks of Color went to Wildwood and walked the boardwalk-
    crackers would make comments about US –“sitting under the boards.”

    I NEVER FORGOT THAT. NEVER BEEN BACK TO WILDWOOD since.

    I remember that fat cow Kate Smith also. She would be on the Ed Sullivan show.

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