The NAACP has issued its own travel advisory warning minorities of "looming danger" in the state of Missouri. This is the first time the civil rights advocacy group has issued such a warning.
"Individuals traveling in the state are advised to travel with extreme CAUTION," the advisory said. "Race, gender and color based crimes have a long history in Missouri."
The State Department often issues official travel advisories for Americans traveling abroad in dangerous regions of the world, but this is the first time the NAACP has taken upon itself to warn minorities of racially charged regions of the U.S.
"The advisory means each individual should pay special attention while in the state of Missouri and certainly if contemplating spending time in Missouri," the statement continued. "Unlike seasonal weather advisories, where no unnecessary travel on city streets or parking might be directed, the NAACP wants to make Missourians and our visitors aware of looming danger..."
The statement ran through a list of racially tinged attacks and incidents to illustrate why they were issuing the warning.
"Tory Sanford who recently died in a jail cell but was never arrested after running out of gas when he traveled into the state accidently [sic]," the statement read. "Racist attacks on University of Missouri students while on the states’ campuses – as the University of Missouri System spoke in favor of Romine’s Jim Crow Bill; Missouri’s legislature Representative Rick Bratton argued that homosexuals are not human beings according to his faith."