Lansing diocese takes steps to address racism complaints | Michigan Radio

Lansing diocese takes steps to address racism complaints

Oct 11, 2019

Bishop Earl Boyea (standing) talks with members of the Task Force on Race and Catholic Schools in January, 2018
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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.”