NAACP officials confirmed their support this week for a Missouri “travel advisory” that was recently circulated by a local chapter urging caution due to concerns about civil rights violations.
Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel said national delegates voted last week to adopt the advisory and that the national board will consider ratification in October.
“Individuals traveling in the state are advised to travel with extreme CAUTION,” the advisory warns. “Race, gender and color based crimes have a long history in Missouri.”
The advisory, which started circulating in June, cites a new state law signed by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens that critics say will make it more difficult to sue for housing or employment discrimination.
It’s the first time the civil rights group has made one state the subject of a warning about discrimination and racist attacks, a spokesman for the national organization said Tuesday, the Kansas City Star reported.
The local NAACP has claimed Missouri’s newly enacted law could make it tougher to hold people accountable for harassment and discrimination.
“How do you come to Missouri, run out of gas and find yourself dead in a jail cell when you haven’t broken any laws?” Chapel asked the Kansas City Star, though it was unclear exactly which case Chapel was referring to. “You have violations of civil rights that are happening to people. They’re being pulled over because of their skin color, they’re being beaten up or killed.”
He added: “We are hearing complains at a rate we haven’t heard before.”
Greitens’ office declined to comment on the travel…