Calls for Kansas County Commissioner to Resign Following 'Master Race' Comment

A county commissioner in Leavenworth, Kansas, was facing calls for his resignation after he made comments about a “master race” while speaking to an African-American city planner at a commission meeting Tuesday, November 13.

The Kansas City Star reported that Commissioner Louis Klemp made the comment when Triveece Penelton, a city planner with the Kansas City consulting company Vireo, was explaining development options in the area.

In footage shared on the Leavenworth County Kansas YouTube account, Klemp can be seen explaining his dissatisfaction with the proposal. “I don’t want you to think I’m picking on you because we’re part of the master race,” Klemp says. “You know you got a gap in your teeth, you’re the masters, don’t ever forget that.”

Klemp had previously made a series of controversial comments at a public meeting in 2017, the Kansas City Star reported.

Leavenworth County Commissioner Robert Holland called on Klemp to resign, saying he was ashamed of his colleague’s comments. Credit: Leavenworth County Kansas via Storyful