Missouri’s NAACP chapter issued the organization’s first ever travel advisory for the state.
The advisory states that “each individual should pay special attention while in the state of Missouri and certainly if contemplating spending time in Missouri.”
Prompting the organization’s move was SB 43, which makes it more difficult for an individual to prove that their gender or race was the cause of discrimination. The Missouri NAACP State Conference has called the bill a “Jim Crow Bill.”
The advisory continues:
“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…”
The statement goes on to list a number of recent incidents in which discrimination played a large part.
State Conference President Rod Chapel Jr. told CNN that “[SB 43] does not follow the morals of Missouri.”
“People should tell their relatives if they have to travel through the state, they need to be aware,” he continued.
Initially, the advisory — which is originally dated June 7 — was set to expire on Aug. 28. When SB 43 was signed into law, Chapel altered the end date, saying that it will remain in effect for “the foreseeable future.”
“I hate to see Missouri get dragged down deep past the notion of treating people with dignity,” Chapel said.