NAACP issues first ever travel advisory for a state in the US

Frederick Owens
August 3, 2017

The move comes after the state legislature in June passed Senate Bill 43, "which makes it more hard for employees to prove their protected class, like race or gender, directly led to unlawful discrimination", CNN reports. The national organization adopted and issued the advisory Monday.

Traditionally, travel advisories come from the U.S. State Department to warn citizens of current dangers in all corners of the world.

The NAACP has cited other instances of discrimination in the state that could have been grounds for an advisory before the Bill was passed, including racist incidents at the University of Missouri that prompted campus protests in 2015, as well as the state attorney general's annual report that found black drivers were stopped by police at a rate 75 per cent higher than white drivers.

Those incidents included racial slurs against black students at the University of Missouri and the death earlier this year of 28-year-old Tory Sanders, a black man from Tennessee who took a wrong turn while travelling and died in a southeast Missouri jail even though he hadn't been accused of a crime.

But the Kansas City NAACP is calling it the new Jim Crow Law and is calling on Greitens to veto it. "They're being pulled over due to their skin color, they're being beaten up or killed", Chapel added.

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But the NAACP's Missouri Conference President Rod Chapel Jr said, "This does not follow the morals of Missouri".

The advisory points to "The Jim Crow" bill which will go into effect on August 28 and will force individuals to prove that race, gender or religion are "motivating" factors for the discrimination not just "contributing", according to CBS News.

According to the Star, national delegates from the NAACP voted to adopt the advisory, and the national board will ratify it in October.

The advisory also cites a report showing black Missouri drivers previous year were 75 percent more likely to be stopped than whites. "People need to be ready, whether it's bringing bail money with them, or letting relatives know they are traveling through the state".

That put the state at 16th in the country, though not all law enforcement agencies participate in the programme.

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