Kansas official catches a lot of heat after making 'master race' comment to black woman during public hearing
A Kansas County Commissioner has sparked outrage for commenting on being “part of the master race” to a black woman. Scroll down for the video.
Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp was with his colleagues in a land use study presentation when he remarked addressing the black woman who had just finished presenting.
Klemp can be heard telling her:
"I don’t want you to think I am picking on you because we are part of the master race. You have a gap in your teeth. We are part of the master race, don’t you forget that.”
Another Leavenworth County Commissioner, Robert Holland, who was enraged at Klemp’s comments, told the Press:
“What’s this master race? None of us are a master race. We are all Americans, we are all human beings. I think he is a racist. I do. I think he owes an apology to that woman. I think he owes an apology to the whole commission. And the county.”
HE SAID IT WAS A JOKE
Holland has also called for the resignation of Klemp, who is due to resign next year on January 15. “I don't care if he's got two days left,” he told KSHB. “He should resign.”
When the TV station approached Klemp, he refused to be filmed but implied off-camera that his comment was meant as a joke.
Klemp, who was appointed by the Republican committee after another member resigned due to ill health, reportedly has a history of controversy.
MY GREAT-GREAT-GRANDFATHER HAD A SLAVE
Last year, while discussing the county's holiday schedule, Klemp made controversial remarks about Robert E. Lee and George Washington.
"Not everybody does them all because we have Robert E. Lee...Oh God Robert E. Lee...wonderful part of history," Klemp said in praise of the Confederate General.
"It bothers me that if we're going to have Martin Luther King Day, why don't we have a George Washington? I think George was a pretty important guy," he later added.
Klemp also made remarks about his family’s history of owning slaves.
“I’m going to be honest with you, my great-great-grandfather had a slave,” Klemp reportedly said.
Meanwhile, Holland lamented the impact Klemp’s action is likely to have on their county:
“We shouldn't be labeled as Leavenworth County, the racist county. That's the way I feel we are being labeled."
Recently, a white woman also received backlash after calling her community a “white neighborhood” and leaving a racist note to the new family with a black kid.
63-year-old Deborah Cantwell from Howard County said in the letter: “YOUR [expletive] KID IS NOT WELCOME” but thankfully, did not go unpunished.
Read the rest of the story and see the cruel letter here.
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