NAACP Issues Travel Advisory for the State of Missouri

US map with state of Missouri highlighted. Source: The Grey Area News
US map with state of Missouri highlighted. Source: The Grey Area News

On August 3, 2017, the NAACP issued a Travel Advisory for the state of Missouri, effective through August 28, 2017, which calls for African American travelers, visitors and Missourians to pay special attention and exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the state given the series of questionable, race-based incidents occurring statewide recently, and noted therein.

“The NAACP is a membership-based advocacy organization that has worked for generations to protect the hard-fought freedoms of all American citizens — freedoms which are guaranteed by the US Constitution — and one of the most basic of those freedoms is the ability to freely travel from state-to-state without fear of threat, violence or harm,” said Derrick Johnson, interim president and CEO. “The numerous racist incidents, and the statistics cited by the Missouri Attorney General in the advisory, namely the fact that African Americans in Missouri are 75 percent more likely to be stopped and searched by law enforcement officers than Caucasians, are unconscionable, and are simply unacceptable in a progressive society.

“We share the alarm and concern that black individuals enjoying the highways, roads and points of interest there may not be safe, and the national office will also be closely monitoring the progress of Governor Greitien’s review of Bill SB 43,” Johnson adds.

SB 43, advanced by Senator Gary Romine, hearkens back to the Jim Crow-era. The Bill legalizes individual discrimination and harassment within the State of Missouri, and “would prevent individuals from protecting themselves from discrimination, harassment and retaliation in Missouri,” the advisory reads. The NAACP is hopeful that the Bill will be vetoed, at which time the Missouri State Conference will update the advisory.

See more about SB 43 at www.senate.mo.gov.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based Civil Rights organization. See more at www.naacp.org.

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