St. Louis, MO (KTRS) District 78 Democratic State Representative Bruce Franks is speaking out in response to Tuesday’s ribbon cutting for the new Gateway Arch Park. He hosted an all-inclusive ribbon cutting Friday afternoon, featuring Susan Saarinen – daughter of Gateway Arch Architect, Eero Saarinen.
Saarinen stated that her father, “wanted to create a beautiful symbol for the citizenry. A bridge, from the east to the west, and a bridge also from the past to the future. A bright future.”
Franks has attacked Tuesday’s ceremony on Twitter via the hashtag #archsowhite. At least one prominent African-American city official, St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green, was invited to the Tuesday ceremony but as a spectator and not as a participant.