On Wednesday national delegates from the NAACP voted to issue a “travel advisory” in Missouri, out of concern that civil rights will not be respected in the state.
According to the Springfield News-Leader, women, people of color, LGBT people and those with disabilities have been told to “travel with extreme caution” because “they may not be safe.”
“Our ongoing issues of racial profiling, discrimination, harassment and excess violence towards people of color have been further exacerbated by the passage and signing of [Senate Bill] 43,” Cheryl Clay, Springfield’s NAACP president, told the News-Leader in a statement.
Clay was referencing the bill signed on June 30 by Gov. Eric Greitens which “modifies the Missouri Human Rights Act to make it more difficult to prove discrimination in housing and the workplace in courts of law,” the News-Leader reported. Clay said that the legislation “rolls back civil rights protections for employees and whistleblowers.”
The NAACP has also accused the state of the following:
“Racial and ethnic disparities in Education, Health, Economic Empowerment, and Criminal Justice.”
“A long history” of “violent and dehumanizing” racial discrimination and harassment.
Racially charged incidents at the University of Missouri in Columbia in recent years.
The shooting of two men from India last year, one of whom later died, because a white patron in a bar thought they were Iranian Muslims — an incident which took place in Olathe, Kansas, not Missouri.
Comments made in May by a lawmaker on the House floor asserting a “distinction between homosexuality and just being a human being”