W.Virginia agencies review contracts after racist Obama post

Insult ape in heels Facebook comment

Insult ape in heels Facebook comment

A West Virginia nonprofit has reinstated a director who stepped down last month after calling first lady Michelle Obama "an ape in heels", prompting the state government to review its contracts with the group, the governor's office said on Tuesday.

Many have been commenting on the Clay County Development Corporation's Facebook page in protest since word got out about the return of Taylor, with one person saying, "You missed an opportunity to do the right thing".

"In addition, through a letter sent to the Clay Development Corporation's board on December 7, 2016, we have requested specific guarantees that neither Ms. Taylor, nor any other employee, has acted in a discriminatory manner in providing services", the statement says.

A statement from Governor Tomblin's office says the State of West Virginia vehemently opposes any discriminatory and harassing sentiments, language or actions. "I'm exhausted of seeing a (sic) Ape in heels", Taylor said, according to a screengrab obtained by CNN affiliate WSAZ.

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Now, Taylor will apparently be back at her old job before Christmas, according to the Gazette-Mail, citing a letter from the agency's acting director, Leslie McGlothin, to the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services.

The organization provides services to elderly and low-income Clay County residents.

But an employee of the Clay County Development Corporation, who did not want to be named, confirmed that Taylor would be returning to her job. It is funded through state and federal grants and local fees.

The letter also asks for copies of Clay Development's affirmative action and anti-discrimination policies and details of how employees are trained in the policies. Meanwhile, Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling was resigned after news reports noted that she had praised Taylor's Facebook post. Whaling later issued a public apology, saying that her comment was not meant to be racist and insisting that she's not racist.

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