The Sixers took a three-to-one lead in their playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets this weekend.
But that’s not the day’s biggest sports story. That honor goes to the Philadelphia Flyers, who’ve decided to cut ties with their good luck charm—the late Kate Smith.
Turns out Smith, whose version of God Bless America was often played before Flyers games, made her career singing racist songs. One of those tunes, “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” begins this way:
“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.”
The songs were from the 30s, but the Flyers say they’re cutting ties with Smith anyway, because the lyrics, quote, “do not reflect our values as an organization, and evoke painful and unacceptable themes.”