The director of a West Virginia development group and a mayor are under scrutiny following a racist post about first lady Michelle Obama caused a backlash. People are calling for both women to be fired.
Clay County Development Corp. director Pamela Ramsey Taylor made the Facebook post following Donald Trump‘s election as president, saying: “It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels.”
Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling commented under the post: “Just made my day Pam.”
The post was shared hundreds of times on social media before it was deleted.
An online petition has been created seeking to remove Whaling and Taylor from their positions. The nonprofit development group provides services to elderly and low-income residents in Clay County. The group is funded through state and federal grants and local fees.
“I feel so it’s unfortunate that people still have these racist undertones,” Director of West Virginia’s NAACP chapter Owens Brown said. “Unfortunately, this is a reality that we are dealing with in America today. There’s no place for these types of attitudes in our state.”
African-Americans make up about 4 percent of West Virginia’s 1.8 million residents, according to the U.S. Census. About 77 percent of Clay County residents supported Trump in the Nov. 8 election. In 2012, President Barack Obama received 31 percent of the county vote when Republican Mitt Romney easily carried the state.
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