NAACP: It’s Not Safe For Black People In Missouri
Friendly reminder it's 2017
Missouri isn’t safe for people of color, says the NAACP, who recently issued an unprecedented travel warning for the state. The organization issued the warning after state’s legislators recently passed what the NAACP is calling the “Jim Crow Bill.”
The “Jim Crow Bill,” aka how the state handles discrimination policies, changes the requirements for filing such complaints. Previously, if you were to file a civil rights complaint, your race, sex, or religion would only need to be a “contributing” factor for the discrimination. But now that Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has signed the bill, if you’re discriminated against because of your race or sex, or religion, you’ll have to prove that your race, sex or religion was a “motivating” factor for the discrimination.
After numerous brutal attacks by police, a majority of which are attacks against people of color, another factor for the travel warning has to do with how police treat people in the state.
“How do you come to Missouri, run out of gas, and find yourself dead in a jail cell when you haven’t broken any laws?” asked Rod Chapel, president of the Missouri NAACP.
“They’re legalizing discrimination in the state of Missouri,” Chapel told reporters. “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.”
“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 added. “We are hearing complaints at a rate we haven’t heard before.”
In Missouri, African Americans are more likely to be pulled over and searched, but less likely to be found with contraband. The state’s new discrimination standards take place later this month. The travel warning, the first ever issued by the NAACP, is already in effect.