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The Sun : reported that England rugby fans should stop singing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot because its insensitive to its slave roots, academics argue

referring to The earliest known recording of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot was in 1909 by students from Fisk University.
The anthem was adopted by the national rugby team to be sung before games but is traditionally an African American song created by slaves.
Getty Images 4 It is believed Swing Low, Sweet Chariot dates back to times of slaveryIt is believed the song may date back to 1865 when a slave called Wallace Willis was inspired by the Red River and of the Prophet Elijah’s being taken to heaven by a chariot.
“But apparently not everyone does.”Last month, Labour MP for Rhondda in Wales, Chris Bryant, supported calls for fans to stop singing Tom Jones’s song Delilah at Welsh rugby matches.
In a foul-mouthed Facebook post, the Danish-born student union welfare officer branded the song “outdated” and “s***”.

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Why do England rugby fans sing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot?

Why do England rugby fans sing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot?

Swing low, sweet chariot Coming for to carry me home Swing low, sweet chariot Coming for to carry me home I looked over Jordan, and what did I see?
GETTY England rugby fans sign Swing Low, Sweet Chariot but it started out as an American spiritual songWhat are the lyrics to Swing Low, Sweet Chariot?
“All of a sudden I started singing Swing Low and the next thing you know the crowd round us was singing it, then the whole North Stand seemed to be singing it, and then the whole ground seemed to be singing it.”GETTY England rugby fans singing Swing Low at Twickenham has been a mysterious foible for many yearsWill England rugby fans be banned from singing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot?
What is Swing Low, Sweet Chariot?
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot is an American spiritual song which is thought by some to have been written in the mid-19th century by freedman Wallis Willis, although the origin of the song is not confirmed.

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Rugby: England rugby fans slammed for ‘unfortunate’ use of slave song

American academics have lashed out at English rugby fans for their use of the black slave anthem “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”.
“Such cross-cultural appropriations of US slave songs betray a total lack of understanding of the historical context in which those songs were created by the American slave,” she told the New York Times.
The song was first adopted by rugby crowds in 1988, after England completed an impressive comeback victory over Ireland.
But Josephine Wright, a professor of music and black studies at the College of Wooster in Ohio, has slammed the insensitivity of sports fans as “unfortunate”.
On that day, Chris Oti – the first black player to represent England for 80 years – scored three tries.

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