Even after the racist comments hurled by Clay County Official Pamela Ramsey Taylor against Michelle Obama sparked a public outrage, the former is all set to go back to her former post before Christmas.
After Donald Trump was elected, Taylor let loose some unsavory remarks. “It will be so refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady back in the White House. I’m so tired of seeing a Ape in heels,” Taylor said. An African-American philanthropist and media personality could not help but speak her mind about the issue. She wrote on her Facebook page that it was “just ridiculous.”
What made it worse and “disgusting on every level” is that Clay, West Virginia’s mayor, Beverly Whaling, favored the message and commented, “Just made my day Pam.” Whaling had resigned following backlash from her post. She, later on, said she was referring to the change in the White House. Taylor had taken down her post and may have deactivated her Facebook account after her post spread like wildfire, but the screenshots had gone viral.
Why Do People Make Racist Remarks?
The Clay Country official’s statement underscores how one must face the consequences of one’s actions. It brings to light the enormous damage the tongue can do. It also brings to mind all the racism hurled towards American tennis sensation Serena Williams. Serena has been described by journalists and online commenters as savage and a “gorilla.”
Having racist attitudes and spewing out racially insensitive comments may stem from different factors. As humans, feelings of anger and frustration are normal, but when people lash out at others with hurtful and spiteful or discriminatory words, the populace can exert the right to speak out against it.
Some of the possible reasons individuals make racist comments is that they “often look for someone else to blame for their problems.” In some instances, their immediate family members or those in their circle of friends may be frequently expressing racist opinions, so they assimilate those views themselves.
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