The Vulgar Bully Pulpit

Sells' Racist Comments and Apology

September 20, 2020
This ridiculous conflating of kneeling to demand justice as somehow an offensive gesture to veterans is a bunch of made-up gobbledygook out of white ignorance and fear. Read More

Guest Post: Biases

September 9, 2020
Source: Cyndi Smith Frisby. This blog was copied from a Facebook thread excerpt dated 9/9/2020. Shared with Permission. Confirmation Bias What It Is: The tendency to selectively search for, interpret, and recall information that confirms one’s pre-existing beliefs. These beliefs persist and get stronger even when presented with contradicting evidence. Example of Confirmation Bias: A […] Read More

Race Matters, Friends Sends Open Letter RE: Violence at Local Protests

June 10, 2020
Our organizations call upon the police to prioritize the arrests of any person(s) who use(s) a vehicle to intimidate or injure protesters - and complete transparency to the public about their response. Read More

Race Matters Friends Responds to Vehicle Stop Report (2019 data)

June 9, 2020
According to the data, ​racial disparities for Columbia, Boone County, and the State of MIssouri have increased yet again in 2019. Read More

RMF Debuts New Volunteer Sign Up Process!

June 6, 2020
Whatever your levels of comfort, confidence, skills, or capabilities, we have a need for your dedication in order to best DO.THE.WORK! Read More

RMF Requests Community Uploads

June 4, 2020
https://bit.ly/2MrcXl9. Race Matters Friends is providing a link to our Google Drive for uploading any media - photos, video, audio recordings - associated with the protest activities occurring in Columbia, MO Read More

CPS Pandemic Survey: Fixed It!

May 26, 2020
Please feel free to respond to CPS with the concerns for public safety that we hold, irrespective of whether you have children currently attending their system. This is a question for all of us to deliberate upon. Read More

COMO: RMF Community Response to COVID-19

May 14, 2020
There are inherent conflicts with both Mike Trapp and Fred Parry’s indulgence in throwing the City/County Public Health and Human Services Department under the bus during a crisis as elected officials, ostensibly representing the very agencies undermining public health officials. Read More

Critique: CPS Board of Education

May 11, 2020
I believe the CPS board and their employee Dr. Stiepleman have struggled to be transparent on issues that matter to parents whose children have been marginalized and harmed by their institutional practices. Read More

RMF Says NO to Contract Extension for Columbia's Dr Stiepleman

May 11, 2020
Traci Wilson-Kleekamp summarized Race Matters, Friends position of ongoing disappointment with Dr. Stiepleman's performance, administrative process, and lack of transparency and accountability. Read More

Confidential Survey: Child's CPS Experience

January 17, 2020
A confidential survey RMF has created in an effort to proactively respond strategically to what we believe are persistent abuses of children of color and children with special needs. Read More

Change in RMF Executive Board

November 21, 2019
As racial disparities for discipline are commonly recognized as a reflection of the school-to-prison pipeline, RMF engaged several school administrators and was assisted by the ACLU in requesting records about the CPS’ equity practices. Read More

Columbia Warrant Amnesty Dec 9-20, 2019

November 21, 2019
"This warrant amnesty applies to outstanding warrants from Columbia Municipal Court for anyone facing arrest for failing to appear for traffic and parking tickets or other City of Columbia ordinance violations." Read More

Open Letter to Columbia School Board Members

November 14, 2019
We are writing with regard to RMF’s call for Carla London’s resignation.This letter is a response to the ongoing lack of engagement ... Read More

CPD Officer Faces Discipline for Wrongful Arrest at Smithton Middle School

September 16, 2019
I object to arresting kids on the whims of school officials' use of hearsay and no investigative effort, not to mention zero conflict resolution effort. Read More

Two Misconceptions About Systemic Racism, Debunked

April 11, 2017
Public reactions to events and the protests they sparked have run the gamut from threats on social media to “kill all the blacks” to open approval and support of student protesters’ demands for social justice. Read More
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