(CNN)England rugby union bosses are reviewing the use of the slave-era song "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" as a chant by fans, saying many may not be aware of its "historical context."
English rugby union bosses reviewing slave-era song used as chant
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) did not immediately respond to CNN but in a statement released to British media the organization said it was determined to "accelerate change and grow awareness," as the Black Lives Matter movement prompts corporations and institutions to rethink how they operate.
In recent weeks following George Floyd's death, a number of British organizations, such as the Bank of England, and businesses have been reviewing their historical associations with slavery.
"The RFU has stated we need to do more to achieve diversity and we are determined to accelerate change and grow awareness," the governing body said in a statement.
"The Swing Low, Sweet Chariot song has long been part of the culture of rugby and is sung by many who have no awareness of its origins or its sensitivities.
"We are reviewing its historical context and our role in educating fans to make informed decisions."
Former England rugby union player Maggie Alphonsi spoke out about why she no longer sings the song, writing on Twitter: "I will NEVER stop using my voice!!"