A travel advisory was issued by the NAACP in the State of Missouri due to the sad passage of Senator Gary Romine’s Jim Crow Bill—SB 43—and recent events throughout Missouri.
This advisory is reminiscent of a previous guide book written during the Jim Crow era (1936-1966) called the Negro Motorist Green Book, commonly shortened to just being called the Green Book.
The revised law modified a Missouri Human Rights Act which made it harder for plaintiffs to sue for being discriminated against on the basis of race. The bill passed the Missouri Senate 23-9.
Due to the revision of this law and several other events which occurred recently in Missouri including the death of Toy Sandford who died in a cell but was never arrested after running out of gas. Missouri’s legislature Representative Rick Bratton argued that homosexuals are not Human beings according to his faith.
The Missouri Attorney General said African Americans in Missouri are subjected to an increased probability of being stopped and searched based solely upon skin color at a rate 75% higher than Whites traveling through the state.
Though pervasive discrimination and limited automobile ownership delayed Black motorists from being on the road, eventually, as they began to drive, they experienced significant challenges ranging from being refused lodging to arbitrary arrest.
What do you think of the NAACP’s decision to post this advisory?
What do you think we can do to reduce such incidents and make motorists feel safer as they travel?
Is racial intolerance unavoidable and such references an inevitable result of our current government and its administration?
Do you think we should continue to post such advisories in a more modern format, perhaps as a website or online application denoting cities or states which have extreme incidents of racial intolerance?
Can technology be part of the answer?
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