St. Louis NAACP chief un­happy with group’s travel ad­vi­sories

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JEF­FER­SON CITY | The leader of a St. Louis-area NAACP branch on Thurs­day pushed back against a travel ad­vi­sory sup­ported by state and na­tional NAACP mem­bers that urges cau­tion while in Missouri over their con­cerns about whether civil rights will be re­spected.

At is­sue is an ad­vi­sory sent in June by the state NAACP that warns trav­el­ers to use “ex­treme cau­tion” while in Missouri. It cites, among other is­sues, a new law to raise the stan­dard to prove em­ploy­ment or hous­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion in court. Na­tional del­e­gates also voted in fa­vor of the ad­vi­sory.

St. Louis County NAACP Pres­i­dent Es­ther Hay­wood said in a state­ment that while the lo­cal group doesn’t sup­port that law, mem­bers are wor­ried a travel ad­vi­sory could hurt work­ers in the state.

“The peo­ple hurt by the travel ad­vi­sory are the mem­bers of our NAACP com­mu­nity who work across our state in hospitality in­dus­try jobs and who have played no role in this leg­is­la­tion,” Ms. Hay­wood said.

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