That’s what Nimrod Chapel Jr., president of the NAACP in Missouri says.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Americans used to getting warnings about the potential dangers of traveling overseas, but this summer, the NAACP put out an extraordinary warning about travel here at home — in Missouri.
The warning advises “extreme caution,” saying travelers could be subject to “discrimination and harassment.”
“They’re legalizing discrimination in the state of Missouri,” says attorney Nimrod Chapel Jr., president of the NAACP in Missouri.
He says a bill recently signed into law by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is so dangerous that he has a name for it.
“The Jim Crow bill,” he says, “because in the eyes of the NAACP that’s what it was breathing life into.”
Currently, you can file a discrimination claim in the state of Missouri if things like race, religion and gender are a “contributing” factor to discrimination.
But later this month, alleged victims of discrimination would have to prove it is the “motivating” factor — and Chapel says that’s extremely hard to do.
So, now in Missouri if you claim discrimination based on race, religion, gender, or age, you have to be able to prove it. Apparently, the bases of “because I say so” is no longer good in the Show Me State and now you actually have to Show Me your proof.
Because of that, the NAACP is up in arms and is issuing travel warnings not to travel through Missouri. I hope people actually heed their warnings as the section of I-70 between Kansas City and St. Louis is too heavily traveled as it is. Maybe this will make it safer if people stay away.