“That’s Why D**kies Were Born” by Kate Smith
“That’s Why D**kies Were Born” is the title of a very controversial song recorded by the iconic American singer Kate Smith in 1931. This song, which happens to be one of the biggest hits of Smith’s career, have lyrics that are rife with racial stereotypes and racist statements.
According to the song’s lyrics, the Black people of the world were born to do nothing but work as slaves and sing. The lyrics state that in creating man, God knew that someone had “to slave and be able to sing”, and that’s why He put Black people on planet Earth. He put them on Earth so they could do these things. If this isn’t highly racist, then we don’t know what qualifies as racist!
While many have strongly condemned the song as purely racist, others see it differently. According to those that see it differently, the song is more of paying homage to African Americans than it is insulting. According to them, if it this song were racist, actor, singer and political activist, Paul Robeson (who was an African American) would have not recorded it.
But did Robeson actually record a cover version of “That’s Why D**kies Were Born”?
Yes, he actually did. He recorded his own version of the song in 1931.
If this song is indeed racist as some claim it is, then the million dollar question is this: why did Paul Robeson (a well known African American) record it?
The answer some people give to the above question is that the song is a satire. Owing to this, they say it actually speaks against racism and not the other way round.
But what do you think? Do you think “That’s Why D**kies Were Born” is satirical and a protest anthem against racism? Or do you think is nothing short of purely racist?
NOTE: Owing to the controversy surrounding this song, we have decided not to put the song’s audio on our platform.