NAACP issues travel advisory for Missouri in for people of color

  • outdoorsmuscl...

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    Aug 11, 2017 3:01 PM GMT
    The Missouri chapter of the NAACP warns that minorities' civil rights may be violated while traveling in the state. NPR's Stacey Vanek Smith speaks with the chapter's president, Nimrod Chapel, Jr.

    STACEY VANEK SMITH, HOST:

    There was one more voice we wanted to hear from today, Nimrod Chapel, Jr. He's the president of the Missouri state chapter of the NAACP. It recently issued a travel warning for the state of Missouri. The advisory was announced earlier this summer, after a bill about workplace discrimination rules was signed into law by Missouri's governor.

    The NAACP warns people of color who are traveling in Missouri to use, quote, "extreme caution while visiting." It's the first time the civil rights group has done anything like this. And I asked Chapel why they decided to issue a travel advisory.

    NIMROD CHAPEL JR.: You know, we at the NAACP had worked for years but probably much longer than that about civil rights violations going forward in Missouri. You know, some of those are historical in nature. Some of those we've got historical data to support, such as vehicle stops with people of color. Some of those are anecdotal. And we looked at legislation that was going to further erode civil rights protections in Missouri.

    And we're very concerned that unless we did something, people might come into the state thinking that they would have civil rights protections that, in fact, they do not. The purpose of the travel advisory was just to allow people to make informed decisions about where they want to be.

    SMITH: Talk to me about this workplace discrimination rule. What's in it that caused such concern?

    CHAPEL: It makes it harder to prove or succeed in proving discrimination in the workplace, in housing or in a public accommodation. And so...

    SMITH: Like harder to bring a lawsuit?

    CHAPEL: Harder to bring a lawsuit and harder to win. It used to be the standard was a contributing factor - was the sex or race or religion of a person one of the factors that went into this act that occurred to them.

    SMITH: So whether the harassment was a contributing factor to something like getting fired or getting promoted or whether it was the whole reason. Is that the difference?

    CHAPEL: Right. It is. It is. And so now, in order to show that, you know, a person was fired because of their race or because of their sex and that that was the motivating factor as opposed to some other allegation that would be launched by the defendant, some people are positing that you'd have to have a memo saying, we did it to Bob because Bob's disabled and have that written down someplace. And that evidence is very, very hard to come by.

    SMITH: I can imagine. I mean, but does that rule make traveling in Missouri more dangerous?

    CHAPEL: Oh, no, no. And so - and that's the other thing. It's not just the effect of Senate Bill 43 on people in Missouri or who might come into Missouri but also the vehicle stops report would show that if you're a person of color, you're 75 percent more likely than our majority brothers and sisters to be stopped on the roadways. That's not a fair way. And if that's what operating in Missouri, and that's what the attorney general's report says, then I think we have a duty to tell folks.

    SMITH: Some people are saying that the travel advisory itself is a publicity stunt. Is there any truth to that?

    CHAPEL: No. And you know what? I've been asked that by folks on the street. They said, well, you know, what are you going to get done with this? What does this really mean? And the way that I like to think of it is if the Missouri Department of Transportation had a road that washed out and you put up a sign and it says, you know, blinking light, travel at your own risk, that gives people an opportunity to decide, hey, I'm in a Corvette. I don't have any clearance. I'm not going to be able to make it over there. They may go a different route.

    SMITH: That was Nimrod Chapel, Jr of the Missouri chapter of the NAACP. The anniversary of Michael Brown's death is this Wednesday, August 9.

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    http://www.npr.org/2017/08/06/541929796/naacp-missouri-chapter-issues-travel-warning-for-people-of-color
  • Muskelprotz

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    Aug 11, 2017 3:26 PM GMT
    African-Americans represent 10.9% of the driving-age population but 18.0% of all traffic stops, for a disparity-index value of 1.65. African-Americans were stopped at a rate 65% greater than expected based solely on their proportion of the driving-age population.

    https://ago.mo.gov/home/vehicle-stops-report/2016-executive-summary

  • outdoorsmuscl...

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    Aug 11, 2017 7:17 PM GMT

    Driving while black a danger in right wing racist states
    Muskelprotz saidAfrican-Americans represent 10.9% of the driving-age population but 18.0% of all traffic stops, for a disparity-index value of 1.65. African-Americans were stopped at a rate 65% greater than expected based solely on their proportion of the driving-age population.

    https://ago.mo.gov/home/vehicle-stops-report/2016-executive-summary

  • Muskelprotz

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    Aug 12, 2017 2:20 AM GMT
    Advisory council member Chris Arps had this to say: “Crime is so rampant in St. Louis that not only have we been named America's most dangerous city, but it's so bad that Gov. Eric Greitens recently dispatched state troopers to help supplement the local police.

    If the NAACP is going to start issuing politically-motivated travel advisories for St. Louis, it should first start in the crime-ridden communities it has abandoned, yet claims to represent.”

    https://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2017/8/7/the-naacp-s-ludicrous-travel-advisory-against-missouri/



  • outdoorsmuscl...

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    Aug 12, 2017 3:07 AM GMT
    I agree St Louis is a hell hole ... but racism is rampant whites ignore the problem and the minority communities know it.

    St. Louis—home of the Cardinals, gorgeous Forest Park, the Gateway Arch and widespread systemic racism. A place where, years after the Ferguson protests, activists and leaders from the movement keep popping up dead. A place where racial apathy is real. A place where they just reduced the minimum wage and where a meth epidemic has been roiling the rural areas for at least a decade or more. http://www.theroot.com/dear-family-please-move-out-of-mo-love-danielle-1797499179
    https://www.thetoptens.com/most-racists-states-us/missouri-459217.asp

    Muskelprotz saidAdvisory council member Chris Arps had this to say: “Crime is so rampant in St. Louis that not only have we been named America's most dangerous city, but it's so bad that Gov. Eric Greitens recently dispatched state troopers to help supplement the local police.

    If the NAACP is going to start issuing politically-motivated travel advisories for St. Louis, it should first start in the crime-ridden communities it has abandoned, yet claims to represent.”

    https://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2017/8/7/the-naacp-s-ludicrous-travel-advisory-against-missouri/



  • Muskelprotz

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    Aug 12, 2017 3:21 AM GMT
    St. Louis County NAACP objects to Missouri travel advisory

    “The people hurt by the travel advisory are the members of the NAACP community who work across our state in hospitality industry jobs,” county branch president Esther Haywood said in a press release.

    http://www.kansascity.com/news/state/missouri/article165583547.html
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    Aug 12, 2017 3:22 AM GMT
    Hmm, which party to blame.

    Missouri has had 38 Dem Governors and 14 Reps.

    St. Louis has had Democratic Mayors since 1953.

    Look in the mirror, Liberals.
  • outdoorsmuscl...

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    Aug 12, 2017 3:50 AM GMT
    The current governor of missouri is republican and like trump the worst in the history of the state.

    Missouri's governor says raising the minimum wage will take 'money out of people's pockets' — so he's lowering it


    Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens recently announced the $10 hourly minimum St. Louis workers began receiving two months ago will revert back to the state minimum wage of $7.70 on August 28, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    The $10 hourly wage was slated to increase to $11 an hour in January 2018, but Greitens cited economic consequences if he didn't stop the ordinance from going through.

    "It will kill jobs," Greitens said of the increase, according to the Post-Dispatch. "And despite what you hear from liberals, it will take money out of people's pockets."

    A court battle between the Missouri General Assembly and the City of St. Louis ensued from 2015 until May of 2017, ultimately resulting in the city wage increasing to $10. A new bill in the Missouri Legislature, however, allows Greitens to prohibit any cities from creating their own minimum wage alongside the state minimum wage. Greitens said in his announcement that he will allow the bill to pass.

    Greitens' announcement comes amid a wave of states looking to increase their minimum wages, not reduce them. Last March, California Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. Many individual US cities have earlier plans to hit the same rate.

    The Missouri governor's claim that raising the minimum wage "will kill jobs" is unfounded from a research perspective


    http://www.businessinsider.com/missouri-governor-lowers-minimum-wage-2017-7
    mx5guynj saidHmm, which party to blame.

    Missouri has had 38 Dem Governors and 14 Reps.

    St. Louis has had Democratic Mayors since 1953.

    Look in the mirror, Liberals.
  • two_meninlove

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    Aug 12, 2017 5:50 AM GMT
    mx5guynj saidHmm, which party to blame.

    Missouri has had 38 Dem Governors and 14 Reps.

    St. Louis has had Democratic Mayors since 1953.

    Look in the mirror, Liberals.

    Why they are so desperate to project the reflection onto the conservatives. icon_redface.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 12, 2017 10:45 AM GMT
    outdoorsmuscleguy saidI agree St Louis is a hell hole ... but racism is rampant whites ignore the problem and the minority communities know it.

    St. Louis—home of the Cardinals, gorgeous Forest Park, the Gateway Arch and widespread systemic racism. A place where, years after the Ferguson protests, activists and leaders from the movement keep popping up dead. A place where racial apathy is real. A place where they just reduced the minimum wage and where a meth epidemic has been roiling the rural areas for at least a decade or more. http://www.theroot.com/dear-family-please-move-out-of-mo-love-danielle-1797499179
    https://www.thetoptens.com/most-racists-states-us/missouri-459217.asp

    Muskelprotz saidAdvisory council member Chris Arps had this to say: “Crime is so rampant in St. Louis that not only have we been named America's most dangerous city, but it's so bad that Gov. Eric Greitens recently dispatched state troopers to help supplement the local police.

    If the NAACP is going to start issuing politically-motivated travel advisories for St. Louis, it should first start in the crime-ridden communities it has abandoned, yet claims to represent.”

    https://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2017/8/7/the-naacp-s-ludicrous-travel-advisory-against-missouri/



    St Louis is a rapidly declining city surrounded by mostly declining, dying suburbs while the most outlaying areas of the Metro Area continue to grow and expand rapidly. Many corporations have abandoned St Louis along with the NFL Rams. St Louis is also the most violent city in the USA and one of the most dangerous in the world. If that city has 300,000 in central city population in the 2020 census, I will be shocked.
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    outdoorsmuscleguy saidThe current governor of missouri is republican and like trump the worst in the history of the state.

    Missouri's governor says raising the minimum wage will take 'money out of people's pockets' — so he's lowering it


    Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens recently announced the $10 hourly minimum St. Louis workers began receiving two months ago will revert back to the state minimum wage of $7.70 on August 28, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    The $10 hourly wage was slated to increase to $11 an hour in January 2018, but Greitens cited economic consequences if he didn't stop the ordinance from going through.

    "It will kill jobs," Greitens said of the increase, according to the Post-Dispatch. "And despite what you hear from liberals, it will take money out of people's pockets."

    A court battle between the Missouri General Assembly and the City of St. Louis ensued from 2015 until May of 2017, ultimately resulting in the city wage increasing to $10. A new bill in the Missouri Legislature, however, allows Greitens to prohibit any cities from creating their own minimum wage alongside the state minimum wage. Greitens said in his announcement that he will allow the bill to pass.

    Greitens' announcement comes amid a wave of states looking to increase their minimum wages, not reduce them. Last March, California Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. Many individual US cities have earlier plans to hit the same rate.

    The Missouri governor's claim that raising the minimum wage "will kill jobs" is unfounded from a research perspective


    http://www.businessinsider.com/missouri-governor-lowers-minimum-wage-2017-7
    mx5guynj saidHmm, which party to blame.

    Missouri has had 38 Dem Governors and 14 Reps.

    St. Louis has had Democratic Mayors since 1953.

    Look in the mirror, Liberals.


    Try telling the truth. Missouri's Governor was a Democrat until 2015. He only switched parties because polling indicated he couldn't win the Democrat Governors Primary. He's a rino.

    Regarding the minimum wage: When Seattle officials voted three years ago to incrementally boost the city's minimum wage up to $15 an hour, they'd hoped to improve the lives of low-income workers. Yet according to a major new study that could force economists to reassess past research on the issue, the hike has had the opposite effect.

    The city is gradually increasing the hourly minimum to $15 over several years. Already, though, some employers have not been able to afford the increased minimums. They've cut their payrolls, putting off new hiring, reducing hours or letting their workers go, the study found.

    The new study was conducted by the Liberal University of Washington.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/06/26/new-study-casts-doubt-on-whether-a-15-minimum-wage-really-helps-workers/?utm_term=.6bb6b124234c
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 12, 2017 8:15 PM GMT
    two_meninlove said
    mx5guynj saidHmm, which party to blame.

    Missouri has had 38 Dem Governors and 14 Reps.

    St. Louis has had Democratic Mayors since 1953.

    Look in the mirror, Liberals.

    Why they are so desperate to project the reflection onto the conservatives. icon_redface.gif
    St Louis is another once proud and prosperous northern US city that has been destroyed by 60+ years of democratic monolithic rule in city hall. In 1950 St Louis had almost 900,000 in central city population and had a very high per capita income. Now after 60+ years of democratic monolithic rule it is a dying city plagued by rampant urban decay and abandonment, the highest violent crime rate in the USA, horrible schools, deteriorated infrastructure, festering poverty, and political dysfunction. How far St Louis will fall is anyones guess but the near future looks pretty bleak for the Gateway to the West.
  • mybud

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    Aug 12, 2017 8:21 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    two_meninlove said
    mx5guynj saidHmm, which party to blame.

    Missouri has had 38 Dem Governors and 14 Reps.

    St. Louis has had Democratic Mayors since 1953.

    Look in the mirror, Liberals.

    Why they are so desperate to project the reflection onto the conservatives. icon_redface.gif
    St Louis is another once proud and prosperous northern US city that has been destroyed by 60+ years of democratic monolithic rule in city hall. In 1950 St Louis had almost 900,000 in central city population and had a very high per capita income. Now after 60+ years of democratic monolithic rule it is a dying city plagued by rampant urban decay and abandonment, the highest violent crime rate in the USA, horrible schools, deteriorated infrastructure, festering poverty, and political dysfunction. How far St Louis will fall is anyones guess but the near future looks pretty bleak for the Gateway to the West.
    At least you didn't use the n word again. You're making progress brah....
  • two_meninlove

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    Aug 13, 2017 4:22 AM GMT
    Once the warning was to all morons, in Missouri.
    On October 27 1838. An executive order 44, known to mormons as the extermination order.
    Was signed by Democrat Governor Lilburn W. Boggs.
  • craycraydoesd...

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    Aug 13, 2017 4:16 PM GMT
    Republicans today were democrats in the 19th century. What does it have to do with racist redneck republican-majority states today?
  • two_meninlove

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    Aug 13, 2017 7:49 PM GMT
    craycraydoesdoes saidRepublicans today were democrats in the 19th century. What does it have to do with racist redneck republican-majority states today?

    There's simply none alive today from the 19th century.
    The Democrats hands were not clean then, as they are not clean today.
    Haven't you been taking nots of how the democrats have resembled Ernest Röhm's SA, the Brown Shirts, since the people of America rejected the Wicked Witch of Wall Street, for a third time.