NAACP Missouri Issues Travel Advisory Over State’s ‘Jim Crow Bill’

The NAACP has issued a trav­el advi­so­ry to peo­ple of col­or, warn­ing them that trav­el­ing to Missouri might just be dan­ger­ous for their health.

Missouri’s NAACP con­fer­ence issued the advi­so­ry in June, and it was rec­og­nized by the NAACP’s annu­al con­ven­tion last week.

The advi­so­ry was issued in response to Missouri’s Senate Bill 43, which makes it more dif­fi­cult to prove that a pro­tect­ed class like race or gen­der is what direct­ly led to dis­crim­i­na­tion in law­suits.

While Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who signed the bill into law short­ly after it was passed, and oth­ers have insist­ed that the bill sim­ply makes sure that Missouri’s law­suit laws line up with those in oth­er states, the NAACP has called it a “Jim Crow Bill.”

This does not fol­low the morals of Missouri,” Conference President Rod Chapel Jr. told CNN“I hate to see Missouri get dragged down deep past the notion of treat­ing peo­ple with dig­ni­ty.”

Citing oth­er exam­ples of dis­crim­i­na­tion in the state as signs of “loom­ing dan­ger,” the NAACP urges trav­el­ers to “warn your fam­i­lies, cowork­ers and any­one vis­it­ing Missouri to beware of the safe­ty con­cerns with trav­el in Missouri.”

Chapel stat­ed that in order for the advi­so­ry to be lift­ed, not only would the law need to be repealed but also Missouri would have to make improve­ments in the way its police stop peo­ple of col­or and the way the state deals with hate crimes.

We need to have some basic ground rules for how human beings treat each oth­er,” Chapel said.(Grio​.com)