Luray Mayor Barry Presgraves posted the offensive remarks on his Facebook page in a now deleted post, last weekend
The residents of a Virginia town are demanding their mayor resign after said in a Facebook post that Joe Biden 'just announced Aunt Jemima' as his running mate.
Luray Mayor Barry Presgraves posted the offensive remarks on his Facebook page in a now deleted post last weekend.
The town of Luray has a population of less than 5,000 people, with the majority of them being white. The town has a four per cent black population, according to census data.
Biden announced that he had chosen Kamala Harris to be his running mate on Tuesday.
In June, Quaker Oats acknowledged that Aunt Jemima's origins were based on a racial stereotype of a 'mammy' and announced that the company would be removing the image and name.
Presgraves apologized on Facebook and at a town council meeting on Monday night, after he was slammed by residents and members of the Luray Town Council, NBC News reports.
Joe Biden announced that he had chosen Kamala Harris to be his running mate on Tuesday
'I want to make this very clear to everyone with absolutely no qualifications,' Presgraves said. 'I understand what I posted on social media was wrong, offensive and unbecoming.'
The 77-year-old said the remarks did not reflect his heart.
'I also want to make a direct apology to all people of color and women. Passing off demeaning and worn out racial stereotypes as humor isn't funny,' he said, reading from a prepared statement. 'I now fully understand how hurtful it is and I can and will do better and we can all do better. We must.
'From the bottom of my heart, I am sorry and humbly ask for your forgiveness and your grace.'
Luray Council Member Leah Pence sent Presgraves an email on Monday demanding that he resign.
'I am writing to strongly urge you to resign over a racist comment you made on Facebook,' she said in the email. 'The comment you posted has a type of humor that not been appropriate or funny in my lifetime or yours.
Luray Council Member Leah Pence sent Presgraves an email on Monday demanding that he resign
'While a resignation alone will not resolve the systemic subliminal racism