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Lansing diocese takes steps to address racism complaints

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

Lansing’s Catholic bishop has responded to an internal review into complaints the diocese’s schools were racially insensitive.

The diocese was criticized after several African-American Lansing Catholic High School football players were benched after kneeling during the national anthem in 2017.

In early 2018, Bishop Earl Boyea formed a task force to examine questions of race and Catholic schools.

The task force made 10 recommendations, with an emphasis on diversity. 

Friday, Bishop Boyea announced the diocese will offer scholarships to increase the number of minority students and teachers in Lansing Catholic schools.

The bishop promises a commitment to dialogue on racial issues. He also wants schools in the diocese to provide programs on the “evils of racism.”

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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