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'Decent People'

Town deals with backlash after mayor resigns over racist Facebook post about Michelle Obama

By WITW Staff on November 16, 2016

After Beverly Whaling, mayor of Clay in West Virginia, resigned on Tuesday over a horribly racist Facebook post directed at first lady Michelle Obama, other members of the community are hoping to move past the controversy. Councilman Jason Hubbard read a statement during Tuesday’s town council, after they accepted Whaling’s resignation condemning the “horrible and indecent” post and asked people to not judge the entire community on individual acts. “Come see us,” said Joyce Gibson, another council member. “Spend a day with us. If I knew you would come, I would bake a cake. We’re very decent people.”

The controversy erupted after Clay County Development director Pamela Ramsey Taylor wrote a Facebook post celebrating Trump’s victory by writing, “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,” to which Whaling responded “Just made my day Pam.” Taylor was put on leave but did not provide further comment, while Whaling issued an apology saying she apologized for “any hard feeling” the remark caused. She claimed she is not in any way racist. After the post went viral, however, the small town of 500 people received the world’s ire, with the town’s council receiving hundreds of angry calls and a petition asking for Taylor and Whaling to resign attracting thousands of signatures.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.


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