Travel Advisory: The NAACP’s Latest Weapon Against Racism
It takes creativity to combat the bigotry and racial discrimination that has blossomed in the era of Trump. The NAACP gets the Creativity Award when it issued its first-ever Travel Advisory today. The Advisory is in response to Missouri’s new law— Senate Bill 43. On June 30, 2017, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed this Jim Crow legislation into law. SB 43 addresses anyone in Missouri who files a discrimination lawsuit alleging that her poor treatment in the workplace, such as being fired or having to work in a hostile environment. This law requires that you have to prove to a jury that the people who treated you badly were SOLEY MOTIVATED to do because of discrimination based on race, sex, age, religion, or age. Before SB 43, you had to prove that the discrimination was a contributing factor—not easy to prove, but provable. Under SB 43’s motivating factor standard, discrimination lawsuits filed by terminated employees will be almost impossible to win in court. How do you prove what a person’s motivation is? You can’t, unless the person says, Yes, I fired her because she’s Muslim; that was my motivation. Not going to happen.
Oh, and did I mention that bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Gary Romine of Farmington, owns a company that is being sued for alleged racial discrimination?
Oh, and did I mention that Black drivers in Missouri are stopped by police at a rate 75% higher than White drivers?
So, be warned: Tell your friends and relatives that if they must travel through Missouri, have their bail money ready, and beware of SB 43.