Mayor resigns after racist post over Michelle Obama

Mayor resigns after racist post over Michelle Obama  After caught up in a controversy over racist comments about Michelle Obama, the mayor of a town in the U.S. state of West Virginia has resigned from her post, BBC reported on Wednesday.

Beverly Whaling commented a Facebook post referring to Mrs Obama as an "ape in heels". She had responded to a Facebook post by Pamela Ramsey Taylor, a local resident in Clay County.

"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," Ms Taylor wrote.

Whaling wrote that the post "just made my day Pam", but later said she was referring to the election outcome.

A petition calling for the mayor's resignation had gathered over 170,000 signatures.

Ms Whaling was the mayor of the town of Clay, which has a population of just 491. The town has no African American residents, according to the 2010 census. In Clay County as a whole, more than 98% of its 9,000 residents are white.

While Clay County has a small population, the furore over the Facebook post spread far and wide. Ms Taylor had already been dismissed from her post as a runner of a non-profit group in Clay County.

Mayor resigns after racist post over Michelle Obama

Ms Whaling had already issued a written apology to 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!"
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