Effective as of 9 a.m. this morning, Ypsilanti Mayor Beth Bashert announced that she is resigning from her position after she made racist comments in a June 16 city council meeting via Zoom. She released a statement through her Facebook page explaining her decision.
Bashert made the comments when the council was discussing whether to reappoint Ka’Ron Gaines to the Human Relations Commission. When the discussion reached Ypsilanti Mayor Beth Bashert, she said, “Since I will be crucified if I vote against any black person on a commission, I’m going to vote yes.”
Other council members immediately criticized the comment, with some asking for an apology and council member Annie Somerville voicing concerns via social media. Bashert was the only leader to vote in favor of Gaines remaining on the Commission. Then, on Saturday, June 20, council member Somerville and Mayor Pro Tem Nicole Brown called for Bashert to resign at a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Ypsilanti. Somerville stated that they would not participate in another meeting until Bashert tendered her resignation.
BTL reporters have reached out to Bashert and council members for direct comment. This is a developing story.