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Clay mayor resigns in relation to racist Facebook post about Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama is the first African American to be First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama is the first African American to be First Lady of the United States
November 16, 2016 - The mayor of Clay County, a town in the US state of West Virginia has resigned after she was caught up in a controversy over racist comments about Michelle Obama.

In addition, the West Virginia official responsible for the racist post on Facebook about First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama has been placed on leave.


Pamela Ramsey Taylor, who runs a non-profit group in Clay County, referred to the first lady as an "ape".


She said: "It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I'm tired of seeing an Ape in heels."


Local mayor Beverly Whaling responded by saying, "Just made my day Pam".


Ms Whaling is mayor of the town of Clay, which has a population of just 491.


According to the 2010 census, the town has no African American residents.


The post has caused a backlash and prompted calls for Taylor and Mayor Whaling to be fired.


Whaling apologized in a statement sent Monday to The Washington Post, writing: “My comment was not intended to be racist at all. I was referring to my day being made for change in the White House! I am truly sorry for any hard feeling this may have caused! Those who know me know that I’m not of any way racist!"


Earlier Tuesday, The West Virginia Democratic Party released this apology to First Lady Obama:


“On behalf of my fellow Mountaineers I would like extend my sincerest apologies to First Lady Michelle Obama. West Virginia truly is better than this. These radical, hateful, and racist ideals are exactly what we at the West Virginia Democratic Party will continue to fight against. These words and actions do not represent West Virginia values. We will continue to fight for a West Virginia that is inclusive, not divisive and a home for all to feel safe, welcome, and protected. In a time when we are at a crossroads and many fear the future we must stand together against hate of all forms.”

Last modified onWednesday, 16 November 2016 07:15
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