YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) â A Michigan mayor resigned Tuesday, a week after sheÂ saidÂ she supported the appointment of a human relations commissioner only because she would be âcrucifiedâ if she voted against a Black person.
âI am deeply sorry to have my service end on this note and in this way,â Beth Bashert, who was mayor of Ypsilanti, said on Facebook.
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âSadly, as a result of my actions, there is healing to do to ensure that all residents, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color, enjoy full equity in Ypsilanti,â she said.
The controversy began last week when the city council was voting on the reappointment of KaâRon Gaines to a commission that advises the council on eliminating prejudice and discrimination.
Gaines’ inconsistent attendance record was raised by some council members. Bashert, who is white, voted in favor of his appointment but the others voted no, including three who are Black.READ MORE: Booster Shots Become Available, Pfizer Starts Testing Pill For COVID-19 Prevention
âSince I will be crucified if I vote against any Black person on any commission, Iâm going to vote âyes,ââ Bashert said at the time.
Bashert subsequently apologized and said she was âdeeply ashamed and saddenedâ by her remarks.
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