US mayor re­signs af­ter racist Michelle Obama post

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. thep­e­ti­tion­ 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.” –

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