Swing Low, Sweet Chariot: England rugby boss for review of “historic context” anthem amid slavery link | UK News


Rugby Union of England bosses are to be examined in the “historical context” of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – an anthem regularly sung by thousands of fans at matches in Twickenham.

The song has its roots in American slavery in the 19th century, many supporters may be unaware.

England’s governing body, the Rugby Football Union, has said it wants to educate fans about its origins, as well as the making of the magazine.

He comes after the world Black Matter Life protests, including in the UK, over racial inequality in the wake of the police killing unarmed black man George Floyd in Minneapolis.

In England players pictured before match at the stadium

The anthem has been sung by fans since the late 1980s, but it dates back to its credited author, Wallace Willis, who was released from the Oklahoma slave.

It became a popular spiritual song in the early 20th century and was popularized again among folk musicians during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

In 1987, it was sung by fans at Twickenham at a Middlesex Sevens tournament when Martin “Chars” Offiah played.

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The fast winger was given the nickname Chars Offiah as a pun on the movie Chariots of Fire, about two runners competing in the 1924 Olympics.

Martin Offiah photo in 1996
Martin “Chars” Offiah photo in 1996

The RFU has decided many fans are unaware of the story anthem and is ready to answer the question.

A spokesperson said, “The RFU said, we must do more to achieve diversity and we are determined to accelerate growth and change of consciousness.

“The Swing Low, Sweet Chariot song has long been a part of rugby culture and is sung by many who are unaware of its origins and sensibilities.

“We are reviewing its historical background and our role in educating fans to make informed decisions. “


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