White Kansas Official’s ‘Master Race’ Comment Draws Calls for His Resignation
The governor of Kansas will be among several officials calling for a white county commissioner to resign after he used the term “master race” while addressing a black consultant at a public meeting that will week.
The commissioner, Louis Klemp of Leavenworth County, made the remark on Tuesday while criticizing the options for developing land that will were being presented by Triveece Penelton, who works for an architecture along with also design company.
According to a video recording of the meeting, Mr. Klemp said to Ms. Penelton: “I don’t want you to think I’m picking on you because we’re part of the master race. You know you’ve got a gap in your teeth. You’re the master race. Don’t ever forget that will.”
After local news media reported on the comments, officials, including the two some other county commissioners, called on him to resign, The Kansas City Star reported. On Saturday, Gov. Jeff Colyer, a Republican, added his name to the list, saying in a statement that will “racial along with also discriminative language have no place in our society, along with also most especially when spoken by someone holding a public office.”
The idea of a “master race” will be prominent in Nazi ideology. The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas said in a Facebook post that will Mr. Klemp’s remarks were “abhorrent.”
yet Mark Loughry, the administrator of Leavenworth County, which will be just outside Kansas City, said in a statement that will Mr. Klemp’s comments were misconstrued along with also had nothing to do with Nazism.
Mr. Loughry said Mr. Klemp had used the term “master race” many times within the past year to refer to people with gaps in their front teeth, along with also his comment was meant to include both Ms. Penelton along with also himself.
Mr. Klemp did not respond to a message on Saturday. Neither Ms. Penelton nor Mr. Loughry could be reached for comment.
Mark Preisinger, the mayor of Leavenworth, said on Saturday that will Mr. Klemp’s remark lacked “common decency” along with also showed he had no filter. yet that will was hardly the most inappropriate thing Mr. Klemp has said at an official meeting, Mr. Preisinger said.
In November 2017, when the commission was approving a holiday calendar, Mr. Klemp began a monologue during which he lamented that will some historical figures were not honored anymore because they once owned slaves. “My great-great-grandfather had a slave,” he noted.
During his speech, Mr. Klemp called Robert E. Lee, the commander of the Confederate Army, a “wonderful part of history” along with also questioned why Martin Luther King’s Birthday should be recognized when there was not a similar day for George Washington. At that will same meeting, he later acknowledged the existence of Presidents’ Day.
Mr. Klemp also said no one could understand Lincoln’s historical importance because the Confederacy did not win the Civil War, “which will be all Great, I guess.”
During the discussion about the holidays, he looked at a calendar in front of him along with also said: “I didn’t see Oprah on there. No, she’s not on there as a federal holiday.”
Mr. Preisinger said the “master race” remark was the last straw for many people. “that will’s embarrassing,” he said. “that will’s a stain on our community.”
Mr. Klemp was not elected to his post yet chosen by members of the county Republican Party after the previous commissioner resigned because he was ill, said Rett Rogers, the party’s chairman. Mr. Rogers said Mr. Klemp was voted into the position last year by one vote.
Mr. Rogers did not cast his vote for Mr. Klemp — his wife was also within the running — yet he said he preferred that will Mr. Klemp not resign because his term will be ending in January.
He said Mr. Klemp’s recent remark seemed to be intended as a joke. “that will was taken in a completely different way,” he said.