The NAACP has issued a travel advisory for a U.S. state for the first time in the organization’s history. The advisory was issued for Missouri, the state where Michael Brown was shot and killed by police in 2014, kicking off days of riots in Ferguson.
“A travel advisory has been issued in the State of Missouri due to the sad passage of Senator Gary Romine’s Jim Crow Bill – SB 43 – and recent events throughout Missouri,” explains the NAACP.
A statement issued by the Missouri chapter of the NAACP cited the following examples of racist incidents that have occurred in the state as reasons why they felt the travel advisory was warranted at this time.
- Tory Sanford who recently died in a jail cell but was never arrested after running out of gas when he traveled into the state accidently.
- Racist attacks on University of Missouri students while on the states’ campuses – as the University of Missouri System spoke in favor of Romine’s Jim Crow Bill.
- Missouri’s legislature Representative Rick Bratton argued that homosexuals are not human beings according to his faith.
- Black high school students in St. Louis have been attacked with hot glue while denigrated racially.
- Two internationally born men gunned down outside in Kansas City after their killer thought them to be Muslim.
- According to the Missouri Attorney General African Americans in Missouri are subjected to excessive traffic – 75% more likely to be stopped and searched based on skin color than Caucasians.
- Public threats of shooting ‘Blacks’ that terrorized University of Missouri students and members of the public.
The statement continued, explaining the advisory in more detail. What the NAACP had to say is sobering.
Individuals traveling in the state are advised to travel with extreme CAUTION. Race, gender and color based crimes have a long history in Missouri. 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. The Missouri State Conference of the NAACP will follow Governor Greitien’s review of this Jim Crow Bill – SB 43 – and we will update the NAACP advisory for the State of Missouri if this measure is vetoed. SB 43 legalizes individual discrimination and harassment in Missouri and would prevent individuals from protecting themselves from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in Missouri.
Moreover, over zealous enforcement of routine traffic violations in Missouri against African-Americans has resulted in an increasing trend that shows African-Americans are 75% more likely to be stopped than Caucasians. These stops have resulted in increased traffic fines, senseless searches of vehicle and persons, and on occasion unnecessary violence.
Just a reminder, yes, this really is 2017. And yes, the United States really has become so openly racist that the NAACP is issuing travel advisories for American states. In case you were wondering, this is what happens when you vote someone into the White House who tells everybody that it is okay to be a bigot while encouraging cops to beat the hell out of people.
The NAACP is also asking that you “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, and file and seek help on any existing claims for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and whistle blowing ASAP before your legal rights are lost if Senate Bill 43 is not vetoed by Governor Greitiens.”
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.