The warning, which is styled after the State Department’s travel advisories, originated earlier this summer from – of all places – the Missouri chapter of the organization.
The official release begins by explaining the nature of the advisory;
The advisory means each individual should pay special attention while in the state of Missouri and certainly if contemplating spending time in Missouri. Unlike seasonal weather advisories, where no unnecessary travel on city streets or parking might be directed, the NAACP wants to make Missourians and our visitors aware of looming danger which could include the following by example of what has happened to some residents and visitors…
The advisory goes on to list a bevy of incidents – both accounts of actual situations and the type of imagined hysteria that the modern left is famous for – against African-Americans, Muslims, and the LGBT community. A later paragraph actually ties in 19th century history, bringing up Dred Scott and the Missouri Compromise.
The impetus for the travel advisory is Senate Bill 43, which, according to the legislation itself, “modifies and creates new provisions relating to unlawful discriminatory practices.” The NAACP calls it a “Jim Crow Bill” before advising minorities to:
- warn your families, co-workers and anyone visiting Missouri to beware of the safety concerns with travel in Missouri,
- notify members of your trade associations, social and civic organizations that they are traveling and living in Missouri at their own risk and subject to unnecessary search seizure and potential arrest, and
- file and seek help on any existing claims for discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and whistle blowing ASAP before your legal rights are lost if Senate Bill 43 is not vetoed by Governor Greitiens.
The advisory remains in effect until “at least” August 28, when the bill goes into effect, provided the governor does not veto it.