NAACP issues first ever travel advisory: Civil rights group warns African Americans not to go to Missouri because black people are 75% more likely to be stopped than whites

Thursday, August 3, 2017
By Paul Martin

The travel advisory warns black people traveling in Missouri to use caution
Blacks are 75 per cent more likely to be stopped by police than whites
Advisory also notes Missouri Gov passed a bill making it harder to sue for discrimination which in part prompted the warning to blacks in the state

3 August 2017

The NAACP has issued its first ever travel advisory warning black people to travel at their own risk in Missouri.

‘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 issuance of the advisory is twofold: a recent senate bill was passed in the state making it more difficult to sue over discrimination in the workplace, as well as the high percentages of African Americans being stopped by police.

Derrick Johnson, interim president of the NAACP says in the travel warning: ‘the fact that African Americans in Missouri are 75 per cent 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.

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