O'Mei Chinese Cuisine Santa Cruz closes owner Roger Grigsby KKK David Duke Supporter
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Thanks For Not Calling Us Back, Roger Grigsby

We’d like to let the owner of Chinese restaurant O’Mei off the hook for not calling us back

After we went to print, Grigsby emailed KPIX, the CBS News Bay Area affiliate, to say that his $500 campaign contribution was “to one of the men supporting European American civil rights.”

In our time at GT, plunking away at computers and answering phones over the years, we like to think we’ve learned a lesson or two through this whole journalism thing.

One tidbit is that sometimes a guy or gal will have a perspective that seems so evil and vile from afar—either through word of mouth or pure conjecture—and yet once you hear them explain their side, that person’s point of view is pretty much never as bad as you imagined it in your head.

That’s the reason, as we mentioned last week, we were disappointed to not hear from Roger Grigsby, owner of O’mei, a Chinese restaurant on Mission Street. Grigsby donated $500 toward the white supremacist David Duke’s meager attempt at a U.S. Senate campaign in Louisiana last year, inciting outrage around Santa Cruz when the community learned of it this summer. Or at least we thought we were disappointed.

But after our story was published, Grigsby talked to reporters from KPIX and the Santa Cruz Sentinel (shortly after his whole wait staff apparently walked out), saying that he supports Duke for the former KKK leader’s record of “defending the civil rights of European-Americans,” adding that the backlash against him and his now-closed restaurant is all part of a “war on whites.”

Congrats, Roger. You proved our theory wrong! We now actually appreciate your not returning our calls, and sparing us from what would have been a conversation much, much worse than we were even imagining.

The saga got picked up all over, including, of course, at Breitbart, where one commenter wrote, “The time has come to fight the fascists on the left. If Santa Cruz is ground zero, so be it.”

Uh, OK then. If “fascists on the left” means “people who dislike racism” … well, bring it.

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Jacob, the news editor at Good Times, won the 2014 award for best local government coverage from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. A longtime basketball and football fanatic, Jacob has evolved into a shameless fair weather fan and band wagoner for hot West Coast sports teams. He also enjoys arguing with others about where to find the best burrito in town.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. mark

    October 12, 2017 at 9:53 am

    O’mie is back open. This needs to shut down. Let’s all take pictures of peoples licence plates and post.

  2. Charles Krafft

    September 12, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Congrats! Greal little piece of supercilious snark!

  3. Michael Donnelly

    September 10, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Does Christina Waters of ‘Good Times” still think the people opposed to Grigsby are “fascists”?

    Her quote: “Not sure who you are or what you hope to gain by ruining some careers — isn’t there enough fascism erupting in this country already, without your adding more?”

    Santa Cruz Boycott Forces Racist Restaurateur To Close O’Mei’s Doors; He Donated To David Duke in 2016 http://newmusictoday.blogspot.com/2017/09/santa-cruz-boycott-forces-racist.html

  4. Terry

    September 6, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Thanks Jacob! Seems like the evil Roger Grigsby of O’mei Restaurant is validated.! Hope he never conducts business here or anywhere again. We as a community, should not give him another venue to speak. Waist of time. Who wants to hear from a person that’s racist?

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