Aboriginal activist renaming Coon cheese now claims Carlton AFL Club anthem should be changed as it is sung to the tune of a racist song
- Aboriginal activist wants Carlton Football Club to change its ‘racist’ club song
- Dr. Stephen Hagan successfully led the campaign to get Coon cheese to change its name
- Dr. Hagan says Carlton’s song is sung to the tune of a song with various racist remarks
The Aboriginal activist who successfully lobbied Coon cheese to change his name now as one of Australia’s greatest sports teams in his crosshairs – claims his song is “ one of the most racist of all time. ”
Dr. Stephen Hagan spent two decades campaigning against Coon cheese, as the name was a derogatory slur against people of color.
He now identifies Carlton’s national anthem We are the Navy Blues as his next target and says it is sung to the tune of Lily of Laguna, a song composed by Englishman Leslie Stuart that contains several racist remarks.
Carlton Football Club sings ‘We are the Navy Blues’ to the tune of ‘Lily of Laguna’, a song with several racist remarks
Dr. Stephen Hagan has called on Carlton to change their song’s melody to something more inclusive of First Nations people
The song was written in 1898 and performed regularly in blackface. The lyrics tell the story of a lonely African-American man who falls in love with an Indian woman. This obviously racist poster was common for the time
“ The song is one of the most racist of all time with the opening verse including the n word and ‘coon,’ and Carlton has taken that music and made it famous, ” Dr. Hagan. News Corp
“Lily of Laguna would be one of the best raccoon songs ever.”
100 years ago, ‘Coon music’ was an inherently racist subgenre that made fun of black people.
Like other ‘raccoon songs’, Lily of Laguna, which was written in 1898, was regularly performed in blackface.
The lyrics tell the story of a lonely African-American man who falls in love with an Indian woman.
The popular song was then changed in the 1940s following a reaction to the racist lyrics.
Famous American wartime White Christmas singer Bing Crosby performed the modified version.
Dr. Hagan said that while Carlton’s lyrics weren’t offensive, playing a tune with deep racist ties was enough to warrant change.
“Surely it wouldn’t be too much of a task for Carlton to have an original musical arrangement made without changing a single word of the team song?” he said.
Dr. Hagan claims the club told him several players from the past and present have supported changing the tune
Dr. Hagan said he was disappointed that the indigenous community was not consulted about the cheese product’s new name
However, Carlton said it had no plans to change the tune and argued that the song had already changed to a non-racist version by the time the club song was written in 1927.
“ While writing the lyrics for the Carlton Football Club theme song, the song’s creators effectively removed the racist connotations of the original song, ” the club told News Corp.
“The lyrics of Lily of Laguna are irrelevant to those written in good faith for the club.”
Dr. Hagan also claims the club told him that several past and current Indigenous players, including Eddie Betts, did not support the tune.
He said the support of such players “shocked” him as he expected them to fight against the “racist origins” of the tune.
“It doesn’t make the song any less racist that some Aboriginal players who are very loyal to the club are defending it,” he said.
Dr. Hagan spent two decades campaigning against Coon cheese, as the name was a derogatory slur against people of color
Dr. Hagan said the song should be changed, even though no one got the racist reference these days, comparing it to Jewish people insulted by a team song sung to Hitler Youth music.
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Carlton Football Club for comment.
Raccoon Cheese changed its name to Cheer earlier this year, but Dr. Hagan said he was disappointed that the indigenous community was not consulted about the product’s new name.
“ I would have liked (the name) to be a little more inclusive of First Nations people, ” Dr. Hagan at the Sydney Morning Herald.
‘We haven’t even been consulted about names. We would have liked to contribute. ‘