Watermelons on White House lawnDean Grose, mayor of a small Southern California city, says he will resign after being criticized for sharing an e-mail picture depicting the White House lawn planted with watermelons under the title “No Easter egg hunt this year.”

Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose issued a statement Thursday saying he is sorry and will step down as mayor at Monday’s City Council meeting.

Grose came under fire for sending the picture to what he called “a small group of friends.” One of the recipients, a black local businesswoman and city volunteer, Keyanus Price, publicly scolded the mayor for his actions.

“I have had plenty of my share of chicken and watermelon and all those kinds of jokes,” Price told The Associated Press. “I honestly don’t even understand where he was coming from, sending this to me. As a black person receiving something like this from the city-freakin’-mayor – come on.”

Grosse acknowledged that the e-mail was in poor taste and has affected his ability to lead the city.

Grose confirmed to the AP that he sent the e-mail to Price and said he didn’t mean to offend her. He said he was unaware of the racial stereotype that black people like watermelons. He said he and Price are friends and serve together on a community youth board. “Bottom line is, we laugh at things and I didn’t see this in the same light that she did,” Grose told the AP. “I’m sorry. It wasn’t sent to offend her personally – or anyone – from the standpoint of the African-American race.”

Lighten up people he forwarded an email. Where was the outrage when emails, some in poor taste, where being circulated about Bush and his administration?? So she was offended, tough shit, show me where in the Constitution you are guaranteed the right not to be offended???

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