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LA Times’ Granderson on Sports Teams Banning Kate Smith’s ‘God Bless America’: ‘One More Step in Us Becoming a Better Society’

Name: CNN


New Day

Name: New Day


John Berman

Name: John Berman

Employment: CNN

Position: Anchor

, LZ Granderson

Name: LZ Granderson

Employment: ESPN, CNN

Position: Columnist, Contributor

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04/23/2019 08:40 am
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BERMAN MIguel Marquez for ░░░░░░░░ in Philadelphia Thanks very ░░░░░░░░ Let s talk more ░░░░░░░░ this controversy Joining me ░░░░░░░░ Z Granderson ESPN host ░░░░░░░░ sports and culture columnist ░░░░░░░░ the L A Times ░░░░░░░░ Lou Scheinfeld former vice ░░░░░░░░ for the Philadelphia Flyers ░░░░░░░░ president of the Museum ░░░░░░░░ Sports Lou it was ░░░░░░░░ who introduced the Kate ░░░░░░░░ s God Bless America ░░░░░░░░ the Flyers And for ░░░░░░░░ who aren t sports ░░░░░░░░ this was a giant ░░░░░░░░ for the entire 70s ░░░░░░░░ Kate Smith in person ░░░░░░░░ then the song being ░░░░░░░░ ever since then And ░░░░░░░░ the removal of the ░░░░░░░░ and the banning of ░░░░░░░░ song you say this ░░░░░░░░ the P C police ░░░░░░░░ again What do you ░░░░░░░░ SCHEINFELD Well I think ░░░░░░░░ may have been a ░░░░░░░░ bit of patience maybe ░░░░░░░░ public discourse For the ░░░░░░░░ to say they re ░░░░░░░░ it they ve yanked ░░░░░░░░ song For the Flyers ░░░░░░░░ ban the song and ░░░░░░░░ the way the song ░░░░░░░░ much had played itself ░░░░░░░░ It was 50 years ░░░░░░░░ in December 11 1969 ░░░░░░░░ I first played it ░░░░░░░░ s rarely been played ░░░░░░░░ recent years and it ░░░░░░░░ time to put the ░░░░░░░░ to bed But to ░░░░░░░░ the statue with black ░░░░░░░░ and rope and then ░░░░░░░░ have it removed under ░░░░░░░░ cover of darkness or ░░░░░░░░ the wee hours when ░░░░░░░░ was around to me ░░░░░░░░ think that was a ░░░░░░░░ over the top BERMAN ░░░░░░░░ Z GRANDERSON He s ░░░░░░░░ to his opinion but ░░░░░░░░ is not an opinion ░░░░░░░░ whether or not the ░░░░░░░░ in not just the ░░░░░░░░ she s quoted as ░░░░░░░░ but also the fact ░░░░░░░░ she performed in blackface ░░░░░░░░ some point and performed ░░░░░░░░ a black nanny those ░░░░░░░░ t opinions those are ░░░░░░░░ And the reality is ░░░░░░░░ just as we no ░░░░░░░░ celebrate the men who ░░░░░░░░ to kill people who ░░░░░░░░ the Earth was round ░░░░░░░░ they believed it was ░░░░░░░░ we ve moved on ░░░░░░░░ ve gotten better as ░░░░░░░░ society and this is ░░░░░░░░ one more step in ░░░░░░░░ becoming better as a ░░░░░░░░ BERMAN Lou you wrote ░░░░░░░░ op ed and in ░░░░░░░░ op ed you said ░░░░░░░░ s caused the ruckus ░░░░░░░░ her songs she recorded ░░░░░░░░ the 1930s the songs ░░░░░░░░ today are considered racist ░░░░░░░░ t they just flat ░░░░░░░░ racist Can t we ░░░░░░░░ say that the songs ░░░░░░░░ recorded and the language ░░░░░░░░ used then is just ░░░░░░░░ Lou SCHIENFELD Absolutely The ░░░░░░░░ is repulsive to me ░░░░░░░░ to anybody of a ░░░░░░░░ mind But that was ░░░░░░░░ or 90 years ago ░░░░░░░░ you have to take ░░░░░░░░ things in context If ░░░░░░░░ want to go back ░░░░░░░░ rip anybody apart for ░░░░░░░░ transgression they might have ░░░░░░░░ 80 or 90 years ░░░░░░░░ look it was acceptable ░░░░░░░░ To me it should ░░░░░░░░ be acceptable and I ░░░░░░░░ with L Z but ░░░░░░░░ we going to tear ░░░░░░░░ down Francis Scott Key ░░░░░░░░ wrote the national anthem ░░░░░░░░ an ardent slave supporter ░░░░░░░░ do we do about ░░░░░░░░ national anthem We can ░░░░░░░░ keep tearing everyone down ░░░░░░░░ s history Let s ░░░░░░░░ from it.”
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