Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Do It Gracefully

Via Balloon Juice comes this story of healing and comity in the age of Trump:

An official at a Clay County [West Virginia] agency lost her job Monday after publishing a racist Facebook post criticizing first lady Michelle Obama.

The mayor of Clay also was strongly criticized for commenting in approval of the post.

Pamela Ramsey Taylor, an employee of the Clay Development Corporation, referred to the first lady as an “ape in heels” in the Facebook post. A person who answered the phone at the Clay Development Corporation said Monday afternoon that Taylor has been removed from her post, but refused to comment further.

Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling commented on the post soon after, saying, “Just made my day Pam.”

Neither Taylor nor Whaling could be reached for comment Monday. Their Facebook pages have been deleted.

The mayor has also resigned.

As John Cole, the boss at Balloon Juice, is quick to point out, this is not about West Virginia.  This kind of casual racism can — and does — happen in many other places, including Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado, New Mexico; in short, it’s not just in places where you’d think it would happen.

I don’t know why anyone thought that it would go away once we elected a black man as President of the United States.  In fact, I knew it would get worse; there are those who will never accept the idea of anyone other than a white Christian in the Oval Office, and they’re not just relegated to the stereotypical spittle-flecked racists waving Confederate flags and burning crosses.  They are everywhere; they’ve just learned how to make it palatable, or, to coin a phrase, politically correct.

That’s what tripped up Ms. Taylor and Mayor Whaling; they didn’t show their racism gracefully.