‘Grasp race’ remark by Kansas county commissioner attracts requires his resignation

Leavenworth, Kansas County Commissioner Louis Klemp is under for racial comments he made during a meeting.

Leavenworth, Kansas County Commissioner Louis Klemp is below for racial feedback he made throughout a gathering. (Leavenworth County, Kansas YouTube channel)

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has known as on a Leavenworth County commissioner to resign after he advised a black lady at a public assembly that he belongs to a “grasp race.”

“Racial and discriminative language don’t have any place in our society, and most particularly when spoken by somebody holding a public workplace,” Colyer stated in his assertion Saturday afternoon. “The inappropriate remarks made by Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp are unacceptable and don’t mirror the values of the county which he represents. As such, I name on him to step down as county commissioner.”

Klemp’s remark got here as Triveece Penelton was making a highway improvement presentation through the Nov. 13 assembly, FOX four of Kansas Metropolis reported. He was not proud of the choices being introduced by her and a colleague.

“I don’t need you to assume I’m choosing on you as a result of we’re a part of the grasp race,” Klemp advised Penelton. “You’ve a spot in your tooth. We’re a part of the grasp race. Don’t you overlook that.”

Klemp, chairman of the three-member fee, additionally has a spot in his tooth. Fellow commissioners Robert Holland and Doug Smith have additionally known as for Klemp to depart.

“In one of the best curiosity of the county, he ought to resign,” Smith stated. The commissioners’ web page on the county web site on Saturday confirmed photographs of Holland and Smith however solely a clean house the place a photograph of Klemp would seem.

In a assertion launched Friday, the Leavenworth Metropolis Fee stated it “denounces using ‘grasp race’ or every other language that has historic ties to racism, division and bigotry in any setting at any time.”

Earlier this 12 months, Holland requested the Kansas Legal professional Normal’s Workplace whether or not Klemp may very well be faraway from his chairman place. Although he hasn’t acquired a solution, Holland stated he make a movement Tuesday to take away Klemp, in keeping with the Leavenworth Instances.

Final 12 months, Holland criticized remarks made by Klemp by which he stated he admired Accomplice Normal Robert E. Lee.

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