The N.A.A.C.P. suggests that yes, it can. The advisory was drafted in response to race-based incidents, according to Mr. Shelton, including death threats against black students at the University of Missouri campus in November 2015 and the discovery of the statistics from the Missouri Attorney General’s Office saying that African Americans in Missouri are 75 percent more likely to be stopped and searched by police than Caucasians.
The advisory also comes after the passage of SB 43, known by its critics as the Jim Crow bill, which says that fired employees would have to prove that race, religion, sex or age was the main reason for dismissal, not just a contributing factor.
“The U.S. State Department warns us of the dangers of traveling to certain destinations overseas,” Mr. Shelton said. “This is our version of warning people about what’s going on in Missouri.”