US mayor resigns after racist Michelle Obama post
A MAYOR from West Virginia has resigned amid a furore over a racist Facebook post that described First Lady Michelle Obama as an “ape in heels”, US media said.
Beverly Whaling, the mayor of the tiny town of Clay, had appeared to applaud the incendiary comment and stepped down on November 15 amid the ensuing firestorm.
Clay County Development Corp director Pamela Ramsey had reportedly posted after Donald Trump’s election, “It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a Ape [sic] in heels”.
Ms Whaling responded, “Just made my day Pam.”
The comments were later deleted and both women’s Facebook pages were eventually taken offline. Ms Ramsey was also reportedly fired.
President Barack Obama’s eight years in office have been marred by racial slurs against the nation’s first African American president and his family.
The furore over the racist comment, and the mayor’s seemingly agreeable response, prompted an online petition drive to have the two women ousted with the text on www. thepetitionsite.com gathered nearly 160,000 signatures.
Ms Whaling apologised in a statement to The Washington Post, writing, “My comment was not intended to be racist at all. It was all in jest.” –