A California restaurant owner shut down his business after his campaign contribution to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke was revealed.
Election records show Roger Grigsby, of Santa Cruz, gave $500 to Duke's unsuccessful U.S. Senate run last year in Louisiana, reported the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center.
After a white supremacist rally in Virginia left a counter-protester dead, the newspaper scoured election records and found eight Bay Area residents who'd given money to Duke -- including Grigsby.
Readers called for a boycott of O'Mei, the Chinese restaurant Grigsby has operated for 38 years, and he then decided to shut down.
“Loyal O’mei Patrons: O’Mei has come under attack," read a sign in the restaurant's window. "Slanderous and malicious internet rumors concerning this business, it’s owner and staff have forced us to close for now. We will let you know when we plan to return to providing you with what many consider the best Chinese food in the area. Thanks for the last 38 years!”
Grigsby, who studied Chinese in college and has lived and traveled in Taiwan, complained in an email to KPIX-TV that he was the victim of anti-white persecution.
"We are just a token in a much larger process of terrorizing white European Americans into silence in what has come to be known as the 'war on whites,'" Grigsby said. "My campaign contribution was to one of the men supporting European American civil rights.
It is unclear if or when the restaurant will reopen."
Another Bay Area resident outed as a Duke contributor was surprised when the newspaper contacted him for comment on his donation.
“In this era of communism, as the noose is tightening around our necks, we may be rounded up and shot in the back of the head," said Duke supporter William Hubbel. "I decline to comment about my contribution to David Duke. I am not a member of the KKK, but I sure as hell am not a member of the Black Lives Matter movement, either.”