The West Virginia mayor who posted a racist comment against Michelle Obama resigned on Tuesday. After a meeting, the Clay Town Council accepted Beverly Whaling’s resignation and said they would select a replacement name as soon as possible.
The development came after another woman Pamela Ramsay posted the racist comment whose post Whaling responded and Pamela was placed on leave. She posted, “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.”
Whaling responded, “Just made my day Pam”.
Council member Jason Hubbard issued a statement in which he condemned the post saying “horrible and indecent”. He said the community doesn’t deal with racism and intolerance. “This community is a helpful, hopeful, empathetic and God-loving community. Please don’t judge the entire community for one or two individual acts.”
He issued an apology to Michelle Obama on behalf of the whole community.
The post got viral and an online campaign on www.thepetitiononsite.com calling for Whaling and Taylor to resign got nearly 160,000 signatures.
Earlier, Whaling issued a written apology to news media outlets. She said her comment wasn’t intended to be racist. “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 in any way racist!”
Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People West Virginia chapter, Owens Brown said that this is unfortunate that people still have these racist tone. “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.”
West Virginia Democratic Party Chairwoman Belinda Biafore apologized to Michelle Obama “on behalf of my fellow mountaineers”, she referred the natives of the state.