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Grand Ledge
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A central Michigan city employee says he faced retaliation after reporting a supervisor for making a racist comment.

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The state Department of Civil Rights is now accepting complaints from people who say they’ve faced discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, it’s also getting ready to defend its right to do so.


Oakland County Sheriff Department

A black 14-year-old boy who got lost in a Detroit suburban neighborhood while trying to get to school was shot at by a white homeowner after knocking on a door to ask directions, prosecutors said Friday, citing home security video and the account of the boy.

East Lansing city hall photo
WKAR File Photo

Tonight, the East Lansing City Council is expected to make a symbolic gesture that’s taken 50 years to materialize.

 


WLNS-TV Lansing (WKAR media partner)

A Michigan sheriff has apologized for his offensive remarks but intends to remain in his position.

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Two former student-athletes at Lansing Catholic High School talked with WKAR about their racial encounters months before they decided to kneel during the national anthem during this year's football season. They also talked about why they left the school. 


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A veteran's front-yard sign advertising the sale of his home violates state and federal anti-discrimination laws because it indicates the owner won't sell to foreigners, according to Michigan Department of Civil Rights officials.

city skyline at sunset
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America has had a long history of turbulent race relations.  It took nearly a century of struggle after the Civil War to tear down the Jim Crow laws that isolated blacks from whites.  While institutional racism had been embedded into the law in the segregated South, racial disparities took on more subtle forms in the North.  So-called “sundown towns” existed from coast to coast -- including in Michigan.