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WV Nonprofit Drawing Harsh Criticism After Quietly Reinstating Racist ‘Ape In Heels’ Director


The Facebook post read, “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,” and Pamela Taylor was removed from her jobs for it — but only temporarily.

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Taylor has held the position Director of the non-profit Clay County Development Corp. since 2007, but was temporarily suspended by her board after a wave of backlash surrounding her racist Facebook Post. According to the Charleston Gazette, her reinstatement comes on December 23, despite a severe warning by the commissioner of the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services, Robert Roswall, that any further discrimination would result in a loss of funding at both state and federal levels. The Gazette reports that the CCDC received nearly $2,000,000 in 2014.

The mayor of Clay, Beverly Whaling, posted a response to Taylor’s racists post by adding, “Just made my day Pam.” Criticism was also strongly directed at Whaling, forcing her eventual resignation.

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According to the Charleston Gazette, Pamela Taylor has been paid far more than her predecessor, who was paid $63,000 at her retirement. In 2014, records show that Taylor was paid $83,000, a lofty figure considering she didn’t meet the job description’s requirement of holding at least a Bachelor’s degree. “In 2009, Clay Development listed the job requirements for the executive director position. The director was supposed to have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree with 10 years’ experience. Taylor said in a 2008 deposition that she attended Clay County High School and had no college education. Prior to joining the Clay Development staff in 1989, she was a cosmetologist.”

Taylor had lost her job twice before, “Taylor said in a lawsuit deposition that she was removed from her job again in 2002 after she was accused of pocketing fundraising dollars, but was hired back after a few months,” and she has been twice sued by former employees for wrongful termination.

 


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