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The NAACP made a strong statement by issuing its first-ever travel warning. The advisory lays out historical and recent events in Missouri’s history. The statement reads,
“Individuals traveling in the state are advised to travel with extreme CAUTION. Race, gender and color based crimes have a long history in Missouri.”
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Three Facts About the NAACP’s First Statewide Travel Advisory
— CNN (@CNN) August 3, 2017
#1 – This travel advisory is the NAACP’s first-ever for a state
The NAACP has issued its first-ever travel advisory for a state in America. In most situations, travel bans come from federal government — whether that’s American or another sovereign country. The U.S. Department of State has issued forty-three travel alerts or warnings just this year.
Delagates from the NAACP have voted in support of the travel ban but it still must be ratified by the national board in October. This alert mainly serves to raise awareness as to increasing discrimination.
“The advisory means each individual should pay special attention while in the state of Missouri and certainly if contemplating spending time in Missouri. Unlike seasonal weather advisories, where no unnecessary travel on city streets or parking might be directed, the NAACP wants to make Missourians and our visitors aware of looming danger.”
#2 – This tension has been brewing
This tension is often the result of the racial disparity between the police force and the cities they serve. Tension between Missouri and its black citizens reached national attention with the death of Michael Brown and rose even higher when emails sent in Ferguson’s police department contained racially offensive language.
More recently, a black student at the University of Missouri was on the receiving end of racial slurs. Also, earlier this year Tory Sanders, a 28-year-old, African American man, died in Missouri police’s custody after he got lost while driving, ran out of gas, and ended up in a southeast Missouri jail.
Additionally, according to the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, black drivers are 75 percent more likely to be pulled over than white drivers. This data was collected in 2016 and reviewed by criminology professors. It also was an increase from 69 percent in 2015.
The advisory itself points out Missouri other recent events as well as the state’s rocky history in dealing with racial issues by stating,
“Missouri, home of Lloyd Gaines, Dredd Scott and the dubious distinction of the Missouri Compromise and one of the last states to loose its slaveholding past, may not be safe.”
#3 – Recent Legislation in Missouri
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 2, 2017
Missouri recently passed SB43 making it much harder for employees to sue companies for discrimination.
Republican Sen. Gary Romine sponsored the bill. One of his business ventures is also being sued for discrimination. It should be noted the new law wouldn’t effect the current legal proceedings for Sen. Romine’s business. The new law won’t take effect until August 28, 2018.
This advisory isn’t telling people of color not to travel, visit, or work in Missouri, but it is strongly advising them to know what‘s going on politically in the state.
Between the higher rates of being pulled over, discrimination within some law enforcement departments, and now the new SB43 bill, people of color must be vigilant when traveling in Missouri.
The warning encourages its readers to “warn your families, co-workers and anyone visiting Missouri to beware of the safety concerns with travel in Missouri, notify members of your trade associations, social and civic organizations that they are traveling and living in Missouri at their own risk and subject to unnecessary search seizure and potential arrest.”
The advisory was initially slotted to expire August 28th, but with the governor signing HB43 into law Rod Chapel stated, “We see this travel advisory remaining in effect for the foreseeable future.”
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