Kate Smith quit nursing school at age 19 to sing for a show in Atlantic City. She then moved up to Broadway. Four years later, she was writing and recording hit songs for Columbia records, and singing on national radio.
On November 11, 1938, Kate introduced Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” on national radio. That one song marked a turning point. At that time, many Americans had lost faith in themselves and our country after nine years of economic collapse, military weakness, and widespread hatred and division. Even our enemies admitted that America began to be confident and strong again after Kate made that song part of our culture. Click here for iconic 1943 re-enactment of that event.
When war came in 1941, Kate Smith traveled 520,000 miles to entertain troops and sell roughly $600 million of war bonds. Kate gave generously to charity. She publicly promoted civil rights for all, and privately helped talented black performers overcome discrimination. At age 67, Kate came out of retirement to inspire fans and players of the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team. In 1974, the team came from nowhere to win the Stanley Cup championship.
In less than a week, our national media destroyed Kate’s legacy. They also destroyed “God Bless America” as a powerful , unifying prayer and anthem for all Americans. How and why did this happen?
There was never anything remotely racist about either Kate Smith or her songs. Both were loved by blacks and whites alike at the time. Those same two songs were also performed and recorded by civil rights icon Paul Robeson and Native American jazz singer Mildred Bailey, the “Queen of Swing”.
Kate’s songs, like those in “Showboat” and “Porgy and Bess” were part of a campaign to defend, include, and humanize blacks in America who were then viciously attacked and slandered by white southern Democrats and Hollywood elites.
For more than 30 years, blacks had been moving out of the Democrat “Solid South” and into northern cities like Atlantic City as part of the “Great Migration”. Here, the civil rights of blacks were protected and they were soon voting in large numbers. In those days, blacks voted overwhelmingly Republican.
Democrats responded by using race hatred against blacks to win elections. Their biggest weapon was the 1915 Hollywood blockbuster movie “Birth of A Nation”. It falsely portrayed the worst slurs against blacks as historical facts, revived the KKK and destroyed 50 years of black progress since the Civil War almost overnight.
During the 1920’s and 1930’s, Kate Smith was one of many courageous artists, writers, and entertainers in northern cities who used their talent to fight that bigotry.
While two songs sung by Kate Smith now seem offensive 86 years later, they were welcomed by most blacks at the time as sympathetic and supportive. Words in those songs that offend blacks today were not at all offensive then. They were part of the playful slang used within black communities in normal, day-to-day conversations.
The rules on which words are offensive also changed for other minorities. For example, many American Jews at that time found word the word “Jew” offensive and insisted on being called “Hebrew” or “Israelite” instead. Today’s “Seashore Gardens” nursing home in Galloway Township, NJ began in 1916 as the “Hebrew Old Age Home” in Atlantic City. Today, many Jews would be offended or annoyed if they were called a “Hebrew” or “Israelite’.
Kate Smith died 33 years ago. “Progressive” Democrats today routinely attack the statues and reputations of dead Americans who cannot defend themselves.
One week after America was saturated with lies about Kate Smith, local newspapers, talk radio, and groups like ours on social media began telling the truth. However, it was too little, and too late. The national media did nothing to apologize or fix the damage they did. They instead moved on to make up and spread new lies about President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr.
What the national media just did to Kate Smith this year, is exactly what they did to President Trump after the Charlottesville riots of 2017. They first constructed a big lie. Then they repeated it day after day, hour after hour, until half the country still believes it to be true.
Last year, the same media did it to me on a smaller scale when I ran as a Republican candidate for Congress in New Jersey. Every year, the media does the same thing in one way or another to countless Americans and American institutions like our National Anthem and the Boy Scouts.
During the Cold War, the Russians called this “ideological subversion”, “psychological warfare” and “demoralization”. Unless we stop it, this process will continue until most Americans believe the biggest lies of all — that America is an evil country and that nothing in America is worth defending.
It took years to create this situation. It will take years to fix it. However, as President John F. Kennedy said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Please help us take that first step this summer.
Please help us launch a “Summer of Truth” campaign in and around Atlantic City. Help us reach visitors to our beaches, Boardwalks, clubs and casinos–especially high school and college students when they are away from their indoctrination centers.
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