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NAACP Says Travel Advisory to Remain in Effect

July 23, 2018 - 7:16 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - It's been nearly a year since the Missouri NAACP made national headlines by issuing a travel advisory for people of color visiting the state. That advisory remains in effect, according to St. Louis NAACP president Adolphus Pruitt.

He says it was originally issued upon passage of Senate Bill 43, which critics say basically clears the way for legal discrimination.

“It made it virtually impossible for someone who’s been discriminated against at work to prove it, and on top of that to be fairly compensated for damages,” he says.

Short of being an outright "ban", Pruitt says it acts as a kind of warning to people of color.

“How they’re treated by law enforcement, there’s a good chance law enforcement will racially profile them, as relates to stops and relates to searches,” he says.

Pruitt says as far as he's concerned, as long as Senate Bill 43 remains law in Missouri, the travel advisory will remain in effect.