Friday, July 05, 2019
TKC REMINDER!!! CONTROVERSIAL MISSOURI NAACP TRAVEL WARNING FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS REMAINS ACTIVE!!!
Weekend vacation plans might be hampered by the chance of rain but also impacted by an increasingly divisive racial discourse that seems to be worsening.
News and edification on the current state of affairs in Missouri:
NAACP urges caution for African American travelers over holiday weekend
(From Missouri State Conference of the NAACP)
If you are traveling in Missouri, you need to consider the Missouri NAACP Travel Advisory and the safety/security of those with you.
The NAACP Travel Advisory remains in effect.
In light of the Missouri Attorney General’s Vehicle Stops Report showing that Black people are nearly twice as likely to be stopped as Caucasians, the risk of an encounter with law enforcement is higher than ever before.
While we hope elected officials on the state and local level will act to protect the lives, liberty and property of Blacks in the same way Whites’ civil rights are, we must acknowledge the State of Missouri’s inequities and prepare for more of the same or worse . . .
H/T Turner Report - Read The Presser In Its Entirety On His Blog
A refresh and reminder of perspectives on both sides of this issue:
Common Dreams: 'Wake-Up Call' Report Shows Black Drivers in Missouri 91 Percent More Likely to Be Pulled Over by Police
Sentinel -- Jack Cashill: If NAACP leaders really cared about the African American community, they would warn travelers about the very real dangers black people in Missouri face on a daily basis–almost exclusively from other people of color.
PBS: In the Kansas City-area city of Blue Springs, which is 87 percent white based on 2010 census data and close to Interstate 70, black drivers in general were 275 percent more likely to be stopped. When isolating stops to residents, data show black drivers were nearly three times as likely to be stopped compared to white resident drivers.
And whilst we acknowledge that this enduring culture war concern is reason for alarm, it's still not as dangerous as all of the DISTRACTED "INTEXTICATED" DRIVERS ON THE ROAD THIS WEEKEND.
So be careful and be nice either way . . .
Developing . . .