Michael Lynn, the former quarterback of Lansing Catholic High School, made national headlines last year for taking part in a movement that was made famous by ex-NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick – kneeling during the National Anthem. Because Lynn protested the National Anthem, he was denied a starting role by his coaching staff. Lynn said he was heavily targeted during the football season because of his position. “It definitely put a target on my back,” Lynn said. “I was getting targeted, late hits, I was getting called names and stuff during games.
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The ACC is the Asian Culture Club at Okemos High School. The organization brings all races together and volunteered in the Chinese New Year celebration at Meridian Mall. Although the organization’s members are just high schoolers, they bring positive energy to their high school and to the community by welcoming everyone together for equality, and learning about one another. Gaelin Zhao is the president of the Asian Culture Club and is currently a junior at Okemos High School. Since joining ACC his freshman year, he’s enjoying being a part of the organization.
In the Lansing school district, 75 percent of the student body is made up of minorities, according to the 2017-2018 Racial Census Report from the Michigan Department of Education. On the outside, this diversity has allegedly been the reason for low test scores and low graduation rates. Those who look deeper, however, see the importance of immersing children in a diverse, communal environment at a young age.