Your Opinion: NAACP opposed changes in discrimination law

Dear Editor:

The NAACP was formed to protect lives by protecting civil rights. The Missouri Chamber alleges that its bills HB205 and SB188 will draw business to Missouri. Unfortunately, they draw Missouri and her citizens closer to a pre-1964 Jim Crow era currently outlawed.

The Missouri Chamber with its members are pressuring our elected officials to legalize discrimination by allowing individuals to discriminate, without being held accountable for their actions because the bills exclude people from the Missouri Human Rights Act’s prohibition on discrimination.

The Missouri Chamber’s bills would also prevent Missouri juries from hearing discrimination cases brought in Missouri courts. The judiciary is the last check that the common man has on the powers vested in the executive and legislative branches. By removing the important role of Missouri juries, the Legislature by passing the Chamber’s bills erases powers of the branch vested with protecting your civil rights.

And finally, discrimination is a sin. It is a moral issue that took a long time (and a lot of death, pain and suffering) on multiple levels to rectify. And though we are still an imperfect nation, this is not a well-reasoned step to creating a better society.

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