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.
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!"