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Political correctness; Where does it stop?

Take A Mulligan

May 5, 2019
By John Sheda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Shortly after September 11, 2001, baseball resumed in New York City with one major change; the singing of God Bless America during the 7th Inning stretch at Yankee Stadium. After some time of various celebrities singing the rendition, the 1939 audio recording of the beloved Kate Smith resonated throughout the ball park. And for many years at every home game the beautiful recording blared throughout Yankee Stadium. Until a couple of weeks ago. Oh, the song is still played but not the voice of Kate Smith any longer.

You see Kate Smith, also recorded a 1930's song called "That's Why The Darkies Were Born." When this was found out, Kate Smith's recording was immediately gone from Yankee Stadium. Whether this was a just or correct decision is most likely in the eye of the beholder. I do not pretend to know how African-Americans, Native-Americans, Chinese-Americans or anyone else feels. I can only speak from a Caucasian-American stand point. My question is simply "Will we ever get to a place where no one is no longer offended?"

After all, what's next, "The Star Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key? Key wrote the song in 1814 and owned slaves, (six of them for historical record). Should his song be forever banned from being played throughout this great land we call the USA? Of course, if we hold him accountable, what about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and other slave-owners? Where does it stop? Does it stop? Do we want it to stop? Should it stop?

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But digging a little further, did you ever sing the third verse of the Star Spangled Banner? It goes like this, "No refuge could save the hireling and the slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave," which is most likely a warning to slaves not to seek freedom by escaping their masters to fight with the British in the War of 1812.

Cleansing the United States of all its' imperfections and not-so-great history leaves one wondering at what point do we just let history, (the good, bad and ugly) be history. As the lingo of our times today dictates, "It is what it is." Or are we wrong to think this way? It's very much a slipper-slope which we are already on. American history is full of eras of cruelty, carnage and conquest. We brought ruin to our native peoples. Our nation's fore-fathers were slave owners beginning with Christopher Columbus. Should we demand that George Washington's face be removed from the one dollar bill? What about the "Washington Monument" in Washington, D.C.? What about the name of our country's capital?

Of course we should be aware of our past evils and even be honest about it but erasing our history seems to be quite a task. And where would we start. People the world over continue to pour into the good old USA, in their "pursuit of happiness" despite our horrible past. And banning Kate Smith's "God Bless America" probably won't change any of that. More power to the New York Yankees.

Do you feel better know that part of history is gone.................but is it?

Let me know what you think at jsheda@indytel.com or call me at 319.327.4640.

It won't change the fact that the Yankees will be in the World Series come this October.

 
 
 

 

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