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'A moral crisis': NAACP issues unprecedented travel warning for the State of Missouri

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV5/AP) — The head of the Missouri NAACP says the national organization is backing a travel advisory urging caution in Missouri over concerns about whether civil rights will be respected.

Missouri NAACP President Rod Chapel says national delegates voted last week to adopt a travel advisory that the state chapter issued in June. Chapel says the national board will consider ratification in October.

The advisory cites a new state law making it more difficult to sue for housing or employment discrimination. The state NAACP says the measure could make it tougher to hold people accountable for harassment and discrimination.

Supporters argue the law will help reduce "frivolous lawsuits" in the state.

Greitens calls the legislation  common sense reform and says the "motivating standard" is currently used by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission. 

But the Kansas City NAACP is calling it the new Jim Crow Law and is calling on Greitens to veto it. 

Rodney Williams, president of the Kansas City Branch of the NAACP, says the bill weakens protections for minorities. 

“The state of Missouri is in a moral crisis," he said. "Whenever you can have individuals who cannot receive equal protection under the law, when it became so hard for them to file discrimination suit were in a moral crisis. We're hoping we can get out of this crisis and the only way we can get out of this crisis is being proactive. This is one of the steps were taking.”

The advisory also cites a report showing black Missouri drivers last year were 75 percent more likely to be stopped than whites.

Chapel says he hopes recognition from the national organization will boost awareness.

The NAACP Kansas Branch says they will hold a news conference next week. 

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