Swing Low Sweet Chariot: England rugby bosses won’t ban slave-era song; will educate fans on its history

The “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” song is one of the most recognized African-American spirituals, rooted in the horrors of US slavery and the oppression of race.

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, the RFU said in June it was reviewing the song’s use at games, saying many fans might not be aware of its “historical context.”
In a statement released on Thursday, the organization, which oversees English rugby, said it intends to educate fans “on the history and provenance of the song as well as providing platforms for diverse voices across the game.”

“The RFU needs to step up its efforts to improve diversity and inclusion across our game,” RFU Chair Andy Cosslett said. “We are living through testing times, but this will not deter us from grasping the opportunity to better reflect the society we live in.

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England rugby bosses won’t ban slave-era song; will educate fans on its history

England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) has decided not to ban fans from chanting a slave-era song — “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” — during matches but will “proactively educate” on its history.



a large crowd of people: Rugby fans in the stands during the Six Nations match at Twickenham Stadium, London.


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Rugby fans in the stands during the Six Nations match at Twickenham Stadium, London.

The “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” song is one of the most recognized African-American spirituals, rooted in the horrors of US slavery and the oppression of race.

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, the RFU said in June it was reviewing the song’s use at games, saying many fans might not be aware of its “historical context.”

In a statement released on Thursday, the organization, which oversees English rugby, said it intends to educate fans “on the history and provenance of the song as well as providing platforms for diverse voices across the game.”

“The RFU needs to

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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot: RFU will not ban song but will educate fans on song’s history

England rugby team arrive at Twickenham to cheer of crowd
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot has been sung by fans at Twickenham since 1987

The Rugby Football Union will not ban ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ but will “proactively” educate fans on the song’s “history and provenance”.

In June, the governing body said it would review the song’s use by England fans because of its links with slavery.

It has announced it will use social media to educate supporters in addition to “providing platforms for diverse voices across the game”.

It comes as part of its commitment to improving diversity and inclusion.

“The RFU needs to step up its efforts to improve diversity and inclusion across our game,” said RFU chair Andy Cosslett.

“We are living through testing times, but this will not deter us from grasping the opportunity to better reflect the society we live in.

“We have worked hard to understand our starting point and are now under way with

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Christmas Abbott Asks Da’Vonne Rogers To ‘Educate’ Her About BLM; Fans Don’t Buy It

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When Christmas Abbott nominated Bayleigh Dayton and Da’Vonne Rogers for eviction, she asked if they would get upset and “cut” or “shoot” her. Additionally, she has repeatedly claimed that the ladies “charged” her during their verbal argument in Big Brother 22 Week 5, although it never happened. Therefore, when Christmas asked Da’Vonne to “educate” her about Black Lives Matter only a day before the fan-favorite’s likely eviction, viewers aren’t buying it and believe she might have ulterior motives.

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Group donates computers, fans to hospital

SIFAX Group, a group of companies with investment in Maritime, Aviation, Oil & Gas, Haulage & Logistics, Financial Services and Hospitality, has donated some items to the Apapa General Hospital.

The items donated by SIFAX Group include: 5 laptops, 6 desktop computers and 18 wall fans.

At the official handover and presentation of the equipment to the hospital’s management, Olumuyiwa Akande, Group Head, Corporate Communications SIFAX Group, said the donation of the items was in furtherance of the company’s philosophy of supporting critical government institutions, especially in the education and health sectors as well as providing a better access to health care for Nigerians.

He said: “SIFAX Group believes that without good health, it will be difficult for Nigerians to be productive and make giant strides in their different endeavours. Our public health institutions are important in delivering this health care and that is the reason we decided to support

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