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The state of Missouri now has the dubious distinction of being the first and only target in the 108-year history of a NAACP of a  travel advisory.

The advisory was actually issued on June 7, 2017, by a regional branch, but was approved by the national organization last week.

Here is the advisory issued from the NAACP:

June 7, 2017 (Jefferson City, MO – Missouri NAACP State Conference Office) A travel advisory has been issued in the state of Missouri due to the sad passage of Sen. Gary Romine’s Jim Crow Bill — SB 43 — and recent events throughout Missouri. 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:

  • Tory Sanford who recently died in a jail cell but was never arrested after running out of gas when he traveled into the state accidentally.
  • Racist attacks on University of Missouri students while on the states’ campuses — as the University of Missouri System spoke in favor of Romine’s Jim Crow Bill.
  • Missouri’s legislature Representative Rick Bratton argued that homosexuals are not human beings according to his faith.
  • Black high school students in St. Louis have been attacked with hot glue while denigrated racially.
  • Two internationally born men gunned down outside in Kansas City after their killer thought them to be Muslim.
  • According to the Missouri Attorney General African Americans in Missouri are subjected to excessive traffic — 75 percent more likely to be stopped and searched based on skin color than Caucasians.
  • Public threats of shooting ‘Blacks’ that terrorized University of Missouri students and members of the public. Individuals traveling in the state are advised to travel with extreme CAUTION. Race, gender, and color based crimes have a long history in Missouri.

Missouri, home of Lloyd Gaines, Dredd Scott and the dubious distinction of the Missouri Compromise and one of the last states to lose its slaveholding past, may not be safe. The Missouri State Conference of the NAACP will follow Gov. Greitiens’ review of this Jim Crow Bill — SB 43 — and we will update the NAACP advisory for the state of Missouri if this measure is vetoed. SB 43 legalizes individual discrimination and harassment in Missouri and would prevent individuals from protecting themselves from discrimination, harassment and retaliation in Missouri.

Moreover, overzealous enforcement of routine traffic violations in Missouri against African Americans has resulted in an increasing trend that shows African Americans are 75 percent more likely to be stopped than Caucasians. These stops have resulted in increased traffic fines, senseless searches of vehicle and persons, and on occasion unnecessary violence.

The advisory is in effect until at least Aug. 28, 2017, starting today. The Missouri State Conference NAACP asked that you do the following: 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  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 Gov. Greitiens.

To file reports of harassment and discrimination and get help call 1-844-NAACP-HELP. Contact Gov. Greitiens at 573- 751-3222, @ericgreitiens and ask him to make Missouri safe for our families.

Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.

  • britishrose

    wow just wow honestly kansas city black on black crimes is off the roof high , and always has been . i dont see the naaco doing squat about that , we must not forget furgusion mo however cops are just a bunch of key stone scary cats down there . they use racism to administer law . and that is wrong . black folks have a lot to do in kansas city with their black men and community , that federal prison up there is loaded with black drug dealors right from kansas city and st louis , and i do believe some of them were framed for crimes in most them dope cases . there are no jobs hardly for they younger blacks exiting prison ,so selling wet, and crack is hugh down there . among blacks no jobs no jobs . is the issue there . and white cops like in chicago and detroit and texas have no problem killing a black man just because . and a lot of it is fear and racism combined .
    so i agree the bann should be there . but black communities need to band together better , and stop our sons from selling dope to make a living

  • SrAgri

    “Tory Sanford who recently died in a jail cell but was never arrested after running out of gas when he traveled into the state accidentally.”

    That’s not exactly what happened, is it?

    The man randomly drove into Missouri and hitchhiked into town acting crazy. He told officers he had outstanding warrants and gave every indication of benign on the verge of a dangerous mental breakdown. Mental health professionals thought that he was a danger to himself and that’s why he was being held in the jail. While in jail, he started a fight that allegedly injured six officers.

    I could provide links if you weren’t aware of these additional facts, but I’m reasonably confident you knew these things and just wanted to spin the incident to be “racist”.