ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis County NAACP released the following statements Thursday afternoon regarding the travel advisory placed in Missouri.

“The NAACP County branch is very well aware of the legislation called out by the Missouri branch and the national NAACP in its advisory against traveling to Missouri,” said John Gaskin III, of St. Louis County NAACP and the NAACP national board. “The legislation was heatedly debated by the state legislature and ultimately passed and signed into law by the Governor.

“While we may not approve of the legislation, as it changes the standard by which employment discrimination cases are judged, the standard is already in place in 38 other states and is the standard used by the federal government to determine EEOC and ADA discrimination charges,” St. Louis County NAACP President Esther Haywood said. “The people hurt by the travel advisory are the members of our NAACP community who work across our state in hospitality industry jobs and who have played no role in this legislation.

“We suggest that if the NAACP does not rescind their advisory immediately, then they should add to it the other 38 states, which all already have this standard for monitoring discrimination in place,” Haywood added.

The county branch will have no further comment at this time.