Kansas county official’s ‘master race’ comment to black woman sparks backlash

A county official in Kansas is facing backlash for remarks directed to a black woman about being a member of the “master race.”

Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp made the comment Tuesday at a public hearing to an African-American woman who was making a presentation on behalf of a landscape and architectural firm, CBS affiliate KCTV 5, which reported that the woman asked not to be identified.

{mosads}“I don’t want to think I’m picking on you because we’re part of the master race,” said Klemp, who is white. “You know you got a gap in your teeth you’re the master. Don’t ever forget that.”

According to those present at the meeting, Klemp was saying both he and the black woman were part of the “master race” because they both had gaps in their teeth, KCTV reported.

The county commissioner’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bob Holland, another county commissioner, condemned Klemp’s comments as racist and having nothing to do with the agenda.

“What’s this master race?” Holland said, according to KCTV. “None of us are master race. We’re all American and we’re all human beings.”

Holland said Klemp should apologize to the woman and that the county should not be known based on Klemp’s comments alone.

These are not the first controversial remarks by Klemp, according to KCTV, which reported that last year he praised Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

“Oh, God, Robert E. Lee — wonderful part of history,” Klemp said in November 2017, according to the local station.

He also has made comments 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.


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