NAACP officials say their recent travel advisory for Missouri is the first that the civil rights group has issued for any state, reports the Kansas City Star. But the warning follows a recent trend of similar alerts issued by other groups for vulnerable people around the United States. The travel advisory, circulated in June by the Missouri NAACP and recently taken up by the national organization, comes after travel alerts began appearing in recent years following police shootings in the U.S. and ahead of immigration legislation in Texas and Arizona.
The Missouri advisory is the first time an NAACP conference has made one state the subject of a warning about discrimination and racist attacks, a spokesman said. The group cited longtime racial disparities in traffic enforcement, a spate of incidents resulting in harm to minority residents and visitors, and recent legislation making discrimination lawsuits harder to win there.