The N.A.A.C.P. has reviewed and decided to retain its recent advisory urging African-Americans to steer clear of Missouri in the wake of the finding that African-Americans are 75 percent more likely to be stopped by the police than whites and after a new state law that the organization said makes it harder to sue businesses for racial discrimination.
The advisory, the first of its kind for the organization, stated that visitors and state residents should “pay special attention and exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the state given the series of questionable, race-based incidents occurring statewide recently.” It was reviewed and renewed on Aug. 28.
“This is the first time we have ever issued a travel advisory for a state, but the situation in Missouri is so extreme that it warrants it,” said Hilary Shelton, the director of the N.A.A.C.P.’s Washington bureau and the group’s senior vice president for policy and advocacy.
The advisory evokes an era when African-Americans relied on sources like The Negro Motorist Green Book to guide their travel choices. It also prompts the question: can an entire state be too racist to visit? (New York Times)