The longtime mayor of Luray, Virginia is facing calls for his resignation after he posted a racist remark about Joe Biden‘s potential VP pick.
Barry Presgraves took to Facebook to join the chorus of people speculating over who Joe Biden’s VP pick will be.
Names being floated in the media are California Sen. Kamala Harris, California Rep. Karen Bass, Florida Rep. Val Demings, and Obama national security adviser Susan Rice, all women of color.
Presgraves thought it would just be HILARIOUS to throw another name into the mix.
“Joe Biden has just announced Aunt Jemima as his VP pick.”
Presgraves quickly deleted it but almost immediately people began calling for him to resign.
Luray Town Council member Leah Pence shared an email she sent to Presgraves on Monday morning, calling his comment racist and demanding he step down.
“I am writing to strongly urge you to resign over a racist comment you made on Facebook.
The comment you posted has a type of humor that has not been appropriate or funny in my lifetime or yours.”
Later in the afternoon, the Town of Luray posted a statement on its Facebook page that read, in part:
“The Town of Luray rejects racism and is committed to working together with the community through understanding, compassion, and opportunity.”
Presgraves had already announced he would not be seeking reelection in 2020 and has yet to issue any comment over his racist Facebook post.