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NAACP issues first-ever travel advisory for a state: Missouri

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For the first time, the NAACP has issued a travel advisory for a state, warning travelers and residents about possible discrimination and racist attacks, due to recent incidents, which included racial slurs against black students at the University of Missouri and the death earlier this year of 28-year-old Tory Sanders, a black man from Tennessee who took a wrong turn while traveling and died in a southeast Missouri jail even though he hadn’t been accused of a crime. Rod Chapel, the president of the Missouri NAACP said “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...We are hearing complaints at a rate we haven’t heard before.” The most recent attorney general’s report shows that black drivers in Missouri were 75% more likely to be pulled over than whites.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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