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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.

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This past week, Lansing’s Catholic bishop introduced a special panel that will examine issues of race in the diocese.  

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A group of parents and people supporting students at Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Lansing are continuing to protest a school rule that students must stand for the national anthem. They’re encouraging people to “divest” by ceasing to volunteer, donate or raise money for the diocese. Four Lansing Catholic High School football players sparked the controversy in the fall of 2016 when they began kneeling during the national anthem at football games.

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There’s more than football happening at tonight’s NFL pre-season game in San Diego.

It will be the first time 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernik will play since refusing to stand for the national anthem.

Kaepernik said he’s taking this action to protest racism in a country he said oppresses black people and people of color.

This protest is the newest chapter in the long-evolving history of our country’s national anthem. And it’s bringing fourth fresh criticism that the national anthem is, itself, racist.

University of Michigan music history professor Mark Clague disagrees, though he’s grateful to critics like Kaepernik for calling attention to the issue.