North Carolina's ABC chief resigns

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The chief of North Carolina's Alcohol Beverage Commission resigned Tuesday after sending an offensive email.

Wilmington attorney Doug Fox, whose office is located on 5th and Princess Streets, sent an email that showed a watermelon patch outside an altered picture of the White House.

Gov. Bev Perdue asked Fox to resign after he allegedly forwarded the message to a friend, saying:

"I have accepted Doug Fox's letter of resignation. Emails and images of this nature are offensive and unacceptable."

African American community leaders like Peter Grear say emails like this cannot be tolerated.

"He should know better, he should teach better, he should do better," said Grear, a publisher of Greater Diversity News in Wilmington.

Grear believes the chairman should have been fired a long time ago, when Fox first sent the email in November.

He thinks the incident shows that prejudice still exists in our society.

"It's a subject that really calls for greater discussion and reflection because at some point in time, America has to be a country of one people and that's not what he represents," said Grear.

Fox is not the first public figure to lose his position over the email - a mayor in California recently resigned over a similar message.

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