O’mei, a popular Chinese restaurant in Santa Cruz, California, closed its doors after being boycotted by customers and even some of its employees.
The boycott ensued when public records, obtained by the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center (also known as Indybay), revealed that Roger Grigsby, the restaurant’s owner, supported David Duke’s Louisiana Senate campaign with $500 last year.
According to KPIX 5, Duke, who lost in the election, is “an avowed white nationalist, anti-Semite and former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.”
For those who may not know, the Ku Klux Klan, also known as KKK or the Klan, is the oldest American extremist hate group that sees all non-Caucasian people as inferior. They are, simply, white supremacists.
In an email to KPIX 5, Grigsby wrote:
“We are just a token in a much larger process of terrorizing white European Americans into silence in what has become known as the ‘war on whites.’ My campaign contribution was to one of the men supporting European civil rights.”
He further explained the reason for supporting the former grand wizard of the KKK by arguing
, “My girlfriend and my former wife were both Chinese. Anybody who knows me, it’s like the United Colors of Benetton in our restaurant. We’ve had every ethnicity.”
For now, a notice was left on one of the restaurant’s windows:
“Loyal O’mei Patrons: O’mei has come under attack. Slanderous and malicious Internet rumors concerning this business, its owner, and staff have forced us to close for now.”
O’mei restaurant, located at 2316 Mission St., started serving customers in 1979. It is unknown whether or not it will reopen to the public.
“We will let you know when we plan to return to providing you with what many consider the best Chinese food in the area,” the notice added.