A bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been shut down after employees and customers learned the owner donated money to white supremacist and former leader of the KKK, David Duke.
When employees at Minneapolis’ Clubhouse Jager found out owner Julius DeRoma had donated money to Duke, they made the decision to close the bar themselves. According to the Star Tribune, some quit on the spot.
City Pages first reported on DeRoma’s connection to Duke, noting he donated $500 to the white supremacist’s failed campaign for the US senate in 2016.
As more and more people connected with the bar found this out, it became clear DeRoma wouldn’t have enough staff to keep the bar running in short order.
The bar’s weekly trivia night host, Rob Callahan, canceled his standing gig and told City Pages: “Half the people were in tears, and the other half were pretty much punching walls.”
Employees eventually became embroiled in the actions of the owner, getting berated on social media and called “Nazis” on the street.
In response to City Pages’ report, Clubhouse Jager staff released the following statement:
“Clubhouse Jager is staffed by nearly 20 employees, who come from a diverse and inclusive background. We celebrate the diversity of our employees and we do not tolerate or endorse of any kind discrimination against anyone. Our focus remains on continuing our successful record of always providing our employees with a fun and positive work environment.
“Clubhouse Jager enjoys its positive relationship with the neighborhood and community, which includes a productive business relationship with City Pages for the past several years. Clubhouse Jager is dedicated to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all employees and customers.”
While it is well within DeRoma’s right of free speech to donate to Duke, the same can be said for the employees terminating their contracts.
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