Wesley Brian Kaster tried to burn down the reproductive health care center in Columbia last month, investigators said.
"Not. Even. Close. Bud."
“Forcing states to provide cash to build church property could open the floodgates to programs that coerce taxpayers to underwrite religion.”
We come from a background that did not promote equality. We're not sure how it occurred, who's to blame, or if we can ever truly overcome it. But shrugging it off and failing to recognize how the past has likely jaded our present makes us idiots. Claiming empathy makes us bigots.
What this series of events does show is the chasm that sadly still exists in the experiences and therefore perspectives of most white people compared to most people of color.
I am ashamed of my alma mater -- the University of Missouri. It may be a microcosm of the ugly reality in our country, but the reported racism that for years has hung over this conservative Mid-western town -- two hours down the road from Ferguson -- is shameful.
Student activists have presented the school with a list of demands for increasing campus diversity and acceptance.
I have lived in Columbia and been at the university for almost 18 years. During this time, I have been called the n-word too many times to count. Yes, we are better off now than we were in the '50s, but to some extent, we are taking many steps backward by ignoring or not talking about the racial issues.
As the co-founder of two growing companies, I'm intimately familiar with the daunting, time-consuming nature of launching a startup. It took me almost seven years of networking and planning to launch my first company, ZinePak, after having the idea in college.
As a native Jawhawk, it pains me to admit that when it comes to music and film festivals, Columbia rocks.