Cooper: De-Kate Smithing America

Singer and area native Lauren Alaina performs "God Bless America" during a 2011 baseball game between the Chattanooga Lookouts and the Tennessee Smokies.

Two sports teams recently decided they'd punish a woman who's been dead for 33 years by halting recordings of her voice singing "God Bless America" at their arenas.

The Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League and the New York ¥ankees of Major League Baseball recently stilled the contralto voice of Kate Smith singing the iconic tune, pointing to several questionably racist songs she sang in movies nearly 90 years ago.

The Flyers, in addition, covered the statue of the singer in black cloth outside the Wells Fargo Center, where its games are played, then removed it Sunday from the premises.

One wonders at what point such political correctness will stop.

Consider:

* Should movies and television shows that depict white actors portraying roles in which minority characters are subservient to them be banned from sale or airing?

If so, goodbye "Showboat," "Gone With the Wind," "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" and "Maude," just to name a few.

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