The NAACP has issued a travel advisory for the entire state of Missouri due to “looming danger.”
The advisory, originally posted in June by the group's Missouri chapter, is reportedly the first of its kind for the organization. The travel advisory instructs people to “travel with extreme CAUTION” because “[r]ace, gender and color based crimes have a long history in Missouri.”
The travel advisory comes after an array of acts the NAACP deems racist incidents, such as racial slurs being used at the University of Missouri, the death of a man in jail, and an increase in traffic violation enforcement.
The NAACP travel advisory became a national issue after Senate Bill 43 passed through the state legislature and was subsequently signed by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. The bill modifies current discrimination laws so that those making discrimination claims need to prove that discrimination is the “motivating factor” for discrimination rather than just a “contributing factor” for discrimination.
Missouri NAACP State Conference President Rod Chapel Jr. told the Kansas City Star, “The advisory is for people to be aware, and warn their families and friends and co-workers of what could happen in Missouri.”
He even encouraged people to bring “bail money” with them.
“People need to be ready, whether it’s bringing bail money with them, or letting relatives know they are traveling through the state,” he added.
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