By Kaitlyn D’Onofrio
The woman who called First Lady Michelle Obama an “ape in heels” on Facebook and subsequently lost her job will return to work later this month, the Charleston-Gazette Mail reported.
Pamela Taylor served as the director at the Clay County Development Corporation in Clay, a non-profit organization located in West Virginia that is funded by state and federal funds. After the election she posted on Facebook, “It will be so refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady back in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels.”
Taylor was removed from her job after the posting went viral, but the corporation announced that she will be returning to her position on December 23.
The Charleston-Gazette Mail reported that, according to a letter from Leslie McGlothin, the organization’s acting director, to the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services, Taylor is currently on suspension but will return to work.
In a letter dated November 14 — around when the post became widespread on social media — Robert Roswall, the state bureau’s commissioner, cautioned the organization that “any discrimination of staff or the customers [they] serve” could cost it its funding.
At the time, Taylor said the incident had become a “hate crime against me.” She had been working on a lawsuit against the people who were slandering her. New reports have not indicated the status of the lawsuit.
On the original Facebook post, which has since been deleted, Clay County Mayor Beverly Whaling commented and said, “Just made my day, Pam.” Not long after the post became widespread, Whaling resigned as mayor.
Whaling initially reported to The Washington Post that her comment had been misconstrued.
“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!” she said.
As the Obamas prepare to exit the White House after eight years, the first lady and president cannot escape racism, particularly over social media. About a week after news of Taylor’s post broke, a Tennessee deputy director resigned after posting disturbing racist and violent messages on his Facebook, including one calling for the deaths of President Barack Obama and the first lady.
David Barber, former deputy director of the Shelby County Corrections Center, wrote numerous hateful posts, including, “The KKK is more American than the illegal president!”
In another post Barber shared an article in which Obama talked about being discriminated against while serving in the White House. The Free Patriot wrote on the post, “Hit LIKE if you’re ready to see this smug loser out of the White House!”
Barber wrote his own comment: “Arrest convict hang and confiscate all assets.”