The NAACP just issued a travel advisory against visiting Missouri

Patrice Gainsbourg
Agosto 2, 2017

The Missouri chapter of the NAACP has issued a statewide advisory against visiting the state if you're a woman, person of color, person with disabilities, or LGBTQ citizen because you "may not be safe", the Atlanta Black Star reports. Other factors mentioned include the racist incidents at the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) that prompted large-scale protests; a legislator who reportedly spoke of a "distinction between homosexuality and just being a human being" on the House floor in May; and more generally, a "long history" of "violent and dehumanizing" discriminatory behavior.

The advisory cites a new state law making it more hard to sue for housing or employment discrimination.

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The NAACP has put out its first-ever travel warning for a state over legislation recently signed by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens that stiffens requirements for filing discrimination lawsuits. "Not all the communities have the desire of the will to do the right thing for people in their community".

In addition to the controversial law, the advisory also cites a state's attorney general's report that found black drivers are 75 percent more likely than white drivers to be pulled over by police in the state previous year. "They're being pulled over due to their skin color, they're being beaten up or killed", said Rod Chapel, the president of the Missouri NAACP.

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