West Virginia Official Placed on Leave After Racist Post on Obama


A racist post on First Lady by West Virginia Official draws outcry

A local West Virginia official who posted a racist comment about first lady Michelle Obama on Facebook has been placed on leave following wide outcry.

Pamela Ramsey Taylor who is the Clay County Development Corp. director made a racist post post after Donald Trump’s election as US president, in Taylor’s facebook post, it stated: “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.”

In a response to Taylor’s post, Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling replied: “Just made my day Pam.”

Taylor later told WCHS-TV on Monday night that she was put on leave after making the controversial post of the outgoing first lady while Whaling issued a written apology to various news media outlets saying that 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!”

The post, which was first reported by WSAZ-TV, has caused wide condemnation prompting many to call for both Taylor and Mayor Whaling to be relieved of their jobs. The post which was shared on social media has now been deleted while the Facebook pages of Taylor and Whaling couldn’t be found as at Monday.

The director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s West Virginia chapter, Owens Brown, is among those offended by the post now calling for the removal of both women.

“I feel it’s so unfortunate that people still have these racist undertones,” 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.”

The nonprofit Clay County Development Corp. is known for providing services to the elderly and low-income residents in Clay County. The Clay County residents supported Trump in the Nov. 8 election with about 77 percent said to have voted for the GOP candidate. African-Americans make up a tiny percent of West Virginia’s 1.8 million residents, according to the U.S. Census.


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