(DETROIT) – Yesterday Detroit Chief Financial Officer Jim Bonsall resigned in the wake of an investigation over racist comments he made in meetings with city officials. Bonsall was hired by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr at an annual salary of $225,000. Bonsall was put on a paid leave after asking if he would be able to shoot anyone in a hoodie if he participated in the city’s annual Angels Night patrols. In response to today’s resignation Change Agent Consortium national spokesperson David Alexander Bullock released the following statement:
“We are very happy that Jim Bonsall has resigned. Demeaning and disrespectful speech will not be tolerated by anyone. In light of the upset around the country regarding the Trayvon Martin case, Bonsall’s comments were highly insensitive to those that heard them and to people across the country. No one should ever joke about shooting Black folks on Angels Night. Jim Bonsall’s comments offended us and there has to be a zero tolerance policy for this type of hateful language in the city of Detroit. Today’s resignation is the best thing for the city and its residents.“
The Change Agent Consortium is a national coalition of faith, labor, civil rights organizations and active citizens. We combine the best of the protest tradition (direct action) with economic empowerment, community development and community organizing to effect real change and real solutions. We believe that authentic social change must combine the power of grassroots protest (direct action), public policy and local projects that help communities discover themselves, determine themselves and develop themselves. For more information please visit www.actioncac.org.