St. Louis County NAACP Opposes the Travel Advisory

The county NAACP opposes both the national and city branches to defend black jobs.

It shouldn’t be surprising that the NAACP opposes the irrational travel advisory. The travel advisory is not only baseless, but is a threat to jobs in Missouri tourism and hospitality industries. Undoubtedly, many African-Americans work in those industries.

The surprise shouldn’t be that the St. Louis County NAACP opposes the travel advisory. The surprise should be that anyone in any part of the NAACP ever considered the travel advisory a good idea. Even if they had real reason to object to Missouri, it still wouldn’t be a good strategy.

But sadly, that’s not surprising at all.

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, “St. Louis County NAACP distances itself from travel advisory issued by national group.

A local branch of the NAACP says its national headquarters should rescind or amend a travel advisory urging caution while traveling through Missouri because the advisory could hurt African-American workers.

Officials with the St. Louis County NAACP issued a statementThursday pushing back against the travel advisory, saying the measure could hurt the region’s economy and harm African-Americans working in the hospitality industry.


The advisory cites a new state lawSenate Bill 43, that makes it more difficult to sue for housing and employment discrimination. The state NAACP fought for months against the legislation and introduced the advisory in June after the bill was signed into law.

The St. Louis County NAACP says it opposes the law and similar ones that it says are in place in 38 other states. But it says the travel advisory hurts African-American workers “who have played no role in this legislation.”

“We suggest that if the NAACP does not rescind their advisory immediately, then they should add to it the other 38 states, which all already have this standard for monitoring discrimination in place,” St. Louis County NAACP President Esther Haywood said in the statement.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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