Normally, travel advisory warnings are issued by the U.S. State Department, with the purpose of warning citizens to exercise caution when traveling to certain countries, either due to local violence, political risks, disease, or severe weather.
Last week, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) issued its own, first-ever travel ban, “warning” people of the risk of “discrimination” if they travel to the state of Missouri.
The ban started out being circulated by the Missouri NAACP chapter only but was recently adopted by the national organization, claiming it is in response to police shootings and immigration legislation.
Recent legislation in Missouri makes discrimination lawsuits harder to win, reports the Kansas City Star. The Missouri bill is intended to simply apply the same standards that exist on the federal side.
Currently, a person can file a discrimination lawsuit in Missouri if they feel race, religion, and/or gender is a contributing factor to the alleged discrimination. With the new bill, set to take effect August 28, the person must prove it is the “motivating factor.”
Missouri attorney Nimrod Chapel Jr., president of the NAACP in Missouri, calls it the “Jim Crow bill” and claims the state is “legalizing discrimination,” CBS News reported.
“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,” Chapel alleged. “We are hearing complaints at a rate we haven’t heard before.”
Missouri’s Republican governor, Eric Greitens, said it is simply legislating common sense reform, explaining that the “motivating standard” is what is currently used by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Chapel claims the new bill will make it harder for anyone to sue for employment or housing discrimination. He is urging minorities to hurry and file any complaints they have before the Aug. 28 effective date of the new bill, the Kansas City Star reported.
Regarding the travel advisory, Chapel said, “The advisory is for people to be aware, and warn their families and friends and co-workers, of what could happen in Missouri. People need to be ready, whether it’s bringing bail money with them, or letting relatives know they are traveling through the state.”
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