Activists: More Minority Participation Needed in Carter Carburetor Plant Demolition

Brian Kelly (@brpkelly)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Holding signs reading “Economic Equality” and “We Want Jobs,” a handful of protestors marched in front of the Carter Carburetor Plant this morning, calling for more minority participation in the plant’s demolition.

At 6 p.m., activists will meet to decide if they will try to stop the demolition over what they say is a lack of minority workers.

The meeting follows the contractor’s response to their concerns.

Despite ACF Industries claims, Freedom Inc. Founder Cleo Willis, who demonstrated outside the plant this morning, contends contractors are being forced to hire white workers and that leaves the neighborhood mired in crime.

“We can almost say crime by white design,” he says. “We can almost say black on black crime by white design.”

ACF strongly denies Willis’ charge, saying one sub-contractor has a 60 percent minority workforce on site.

Willis and other demonstrators say if they don’t get what they want, they’ll shut the work site down tomorrow morning.

“We’re going to entice the tension,” he says.

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