Ypsilanti Human Relations Commission asks City Council to change name of Ypsitucky music event (Update1)

ypsituckyjamThe Ypsilanti Human Relations Commission met on Thursday evening to discuss the Ypsitucky Jamboree. Citizens had complained to the HRC in April that the word “ypsitucky” was a pejorative and offensive. The HRC held a special meeting on May 18 to hear both sides of the issue.

The HRC convened a second special meeting 10 days later to discuss the matter.

The second meeting held on Thursday, May 28 in City Council chambers opened with audience participation. Unlike the first meeting, during this second meeting no one spoke in favor of the Ypsitucky name.

The commission did hear from a number of citizens and business owners opposed to the name. There were 19 people in the audience including three reporters from the Ann Arbor News, Ypsilanti Citizen, and YpsiNews.

CDC Executive Director Erik Dotzauer and CDC Attorney Cameron Getto were in attendance. Neither spoke during audience participation.

After hearing from the public, the HRC discussed the matter for nearly 45 minutes.

The HRC then passed a resolution asking the City Council to meet with the Depot Town Community Development Corporation and change the name of the Ypsitucky Jamboree scheduled in September 2009. The HRC passed the resolution on a 6-0 vote. Board Chair Clifford Larkins was not at the meeting.

The HRC also said if the DTCDC rejects the name change, the City Council should exercise their oversight powers under the contract with the CDC.

Read the complete HRC resolution.

Update1: June 3, 2009 Clarified story to indicate the HRC held two special meetings on the 18th and again on the 28th. At the second meeting, no one spoke in favor of the Ypsitucky name or event.

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6 Comments on "Ypsilanti Human Relations Commission asks City Council to change name of Ypsitucky music event (Update1)"

  1. Video: Watch entire Ypsilanti Human Relations Committee meeting May 28, 2009 : YpsiNews.com — All Things Ypsilanti on Fri, 29th May 2009 9:13 pm 

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  2. ricker76er on Mon, 1st Jun 2009 12:58 pm 

    Steve, I think you need to check your facts. In fact, your article seems to slant the issue. There were several people who spoke in favor of the Ypsitucky moniker. What meeting were you at? While I wasn’t physically there, my letter that was read by Kaci Sicheneder to the board and audience should stand as well- reasoned support of the festival and its namesake.

    Quite honestly, I find the whole opposition to be a little nauseating. What a profound waste of time. Don’t these councils have any serious issues to attend to? Frankly it all sounds like some pretentious bloviating to make waves for themselves. Perhaps we should change the name of the Crossroads festival because Christians might object to the selling of one’s soul to the devil for musical prowess; right after we apologize to Kentucky for our northern town’s residents and some of their apparent disgust for southern heritage.

  3. ricker76er on Mon, 1st Jun 2009 1:06 pm 

    For the record, I was talking about the meeting on the 18th.

  4. Steve Pierce / YpsiNews.com on Wed, 3rd Jun 2009 6:00 pm 

    ricker76er,

    We stand by our story. At the May28th HRC meeting, no one from the audience spoke in favor of the Ypsitucky name. I agree that the wording is unclear and we will correct the story to reflect that on the 28th, no one spoke in favor of the Ypsitucky name or event.

    But don’t trust our version of the meeting, unlike most other news organization, we put the entire meeting on-line so you can judge for yourself.

  5. ricker76er on Wed, 3rd Jun 2009 6:45 pm 

    Steve,

    Yeah, looking back at it, the organization of the story threw me off. I thought you were referring to the meeting on the 18th. It seems as though you did make a change to reflect the reality. Thanks for the response.

  6. Steve Pierce / YpsiNews.com on Wed, 3rd Jun 2009 10:07 pm 

    ricker76er,

    You were absolutely correct, the story wasn’t clear, hopefully we have made it better. Thanks for reading.

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