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ABC commissioner resigns over illustration

Posted May 5, 2009

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— State Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission Chairman Doug Fox resigned under pressure Tuesday after Gov. Beverly Perdue's office learned that he had forwarded a racially charged photo illustration after the November election.

Fox forwarded an e-mail from his law firm account shortly after Barack Obama was elected president. In the message, a picture of the White House included a giant watermelon patch on the South Lawn and the phrase "There goes the neighborhood...." above the photo.

Perdue indicated in a statement that the resignation was linked to the e-mail.

“I have accepted Doug Fox’s letter of resignation,” she said. “E-mails and images of this nature are offensive and unacceptable.”

Fox suggested in his resignation letter, however, that he was leaving voluntarily.

“I believe it is time to surrender the helm to someone new,” he wrote.

A spokesman for Perdue said the resignation was effective immediately. There was no word on appointing a successor.

North Carolina is one of 19 states that control liquor sales. The state ABC Commission handles violations of state liquor laws and sets prices, but local boards operate ABC stores.

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  • samuelboe May 8, 2009

    The email in question was a photo/cartoon with no words.... just a picture of the White House with a field of watermelons out front. At least, that's the one I just forwarded to 3 of my buddies in California! I'm pretty sure that's the picture. I don't see what the problem is. It just shows the White House taking some initiative and growing a garden! During these hard times, isn't that a good idea? ;)

  • braddyg May 7, 2009

    "And I agree with braddyg, but ya missed one, CONSERVATIVES."

    No, I got that one, disco. "They" think all conservatives are, by default, white males.

    "Don't forget redheads... they get picked on mercilessly."

    Really? That's funny, because a lot of people I know are either redheads or quite fond of them.

    "You really said it, though. It is not socially acceptable to make fun of an enslaved race of people on the same soil they died tilling for the plantation owner. I'm not race baiting... I'm serious."

    Well, I guess I didn't realize you were serious...that changes everything! Puh-lease. How is it that you, who seem to think you are the "enlightened" one in the conversation, uses the term "an enslaved race of people." Funny, I had no idea that slavery still existed. My family history does not include slavery, nor does every black American's history.

  • HappyGirl08 May 6, 2009

    I saw that email. However, who did he forward it to? I am going to assume it was someone in state govt or who would even know. That is unless "big brother" was monitoring his law firm email accts. OH well...

  • boomylar May 6, 2009

    ok now who didn't get this email...come on!

  • Thought Criminal WS May 6, 2009

    1984 and Animal Farm are coming true in 2009.

  • shawn2246 May 6, 2009

    Sumo Vita
    My name is Shawn as well...fyi...

  • affirmativediversity May 6, 2009

    My family history has NOTHING to do with slavery and I take great exception to the "stereotyping" that automatically finds my ancestors guilty!

    Grow up Justin T...every white person residing in the southern USA is not descended from slave owners, anymore than every black person residing in the souther USA descended from slavery.

  • Justin T. May 6, 2009

    "Lest you forget, it's "socially acceptable" to make fun of three groups of people:

    1. white males 2. fat people 3. smokers"

    Don't forget redheads... they get picked on mercilessly.

    You really said it, though. It is not socially acceptable to make fun of an enslaved race of people on the same soil they died tilling for the plantation owner. I'm not race baiting... I'm serious.

    Please grow up and stop trying to figure out why you can't make jokes about black people. It just makes white southerners look even dumber than the stereotypes.

    Just drop the race thing. Then maybe (in time) black people won't have so much ammunition. Being enslaved for 400 years gives them the upper hand in situations like these. It bothers me that that fact is lost on so many posters here.

    Even if it didn't happen in your lifetime... that's your family history. Slavery! Come on people.

  • discowhale May 6, 2009

    So it was OK to make fun of Bush's whiteness, COLLEGE GRADES and stuttering, or fun and OK to make fun of Reagan's bland, white, mid-America upbringing, but Obama's background is off limits?

    Hmmm...no double standard there.

    And I agree with braddyg, but ya missed one, CONSERVATIVES.

  • braddyg May 6, 2009

    "Even when people make fun of folks being overweight, bo-legged, buck-tooth, big noses, etc."

    Lest you forget, it's "socially acceptable" to make fun of three groups of people:

    1. white males
    2. fat people
    3. smokers

    Everyone else is off-limits or you're a bigot.

    /sarcasm

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