A mayor of West Virginia resigned Tuesday following a violent reaction after posting a reply to a racist comment on First Lady Michelle Obama on Facebook.
The Municipality of Clay accepted the resignation of Mayor Beverly Whaling at a meeting Tuesday afternoon and said she will act quickly to appoint a substitution for the remaining three years of her term.
The resignation came after another woman whose post racist Whaling responded was placed on leave as director of the Clay County Development Corp.
Council member Jason Hubbard issued a brief statement condemning the post “horrible and indecent” and stated that racism and intolerance “are not what this community. He apologized on behalf of the city to Michelle Obama and anyone else who was offended.
“This community is a useful, hopeful, empathetic and loving community,” said Hubbard. “Please do not judge the whole community for one or two individual acts.”
Clay County Development Director Pamela Ramsey Taylor made the post after the election of Republican President Donald Trump by saying, “It will be stimulating to have an elegant, beautiful and dignified first lady at the White House.” I’m sick of seeing a monkey in heels. ”
The whaling replied: “I just made my day Pam.”
Joyce Gibson, a member of the mayor’s office, said that after the news of the post surrounded the globe, the voice mail system of the small office quickly filled its capacities with angry callers. An online campaign calling for the resignation of Taylor and Whaling drew tens of thousands of responses.
Gibson wants anyone who judges the city “come and see us.” Spend a day with us “.
The non-partisan municipal council has five members, plus the city registrar and the mayor. The Whale’s headquarters was empty during the meeting in a small office attended by some local residents, as well as several journalists and a few outside people who wanted justice to be served.
Annie Thacker of Barrack Ville drove 117 miles to the meeting.
“I saw what was happening in the small town of West Virginia,” she said. “I came from a small town in West Virginia and wanted to see hate in West Virginia, especially after this election cycle. Lish Greiner of Belpre, Ohio, stated that she volunteered during the flood clean-up in West Virginia during the summer and went back to the city council meeting because “I will not tolerate hatred in My house and in my region “.
Whaling published earlier written apologies to the news media saying that its commentary was not meant to be racist.
“I was talking about my day for change at the White House, I’m really sorry for all this may have caused hardness! Those who know me know that I am not racist at all!
Taylor, who told WCHS-TV on Monday night that she was on leave, did not return a call for comment.
The nonprofit Clay County Development Corp. provides services to seniors and low-income residents in Clay County. It is funded by state and central grants and local fees. It is not associated with the town of Clay, which is about 50 miles east of Charleston. The tumult occurred while the city of about 500 residents still attempts to recover from the severe flooding in late June along the nearby Elk River. Clay County has also been hit by hundreds of layoffs in the coal industry this decade.
Gibson was asked what was worse, the flood or the reaction of the Facebook Post.
“I’m going to have to think about it,” she said. “This (game) will disappear.”
Last week in Kentucky Republican Dan Johnson won the seat of the House of Representatives of Bullitt Count despite a series of messages he put on Facebook representing President Barack Obama and his wife as monkeys. And last month in West York, Pennsylvania, the city council accepted the resignation of Republican Mayor Charles Wasko after a tumult on racist messages on his Facebook page, two of which portray monkeys with legends referring to Barack Obama and his family.