Leavenworth County commissioner Louis Klemp is a white man who had one thing to say to Triveece Penelton, a black girl and planning commissioner with 16 years of expertise who was showing earlier than his planning committee on behalf of an structure agency.
Throughout the course of the assembly, Klemp stated to her…
“I do not need you to really feel like I am selecting on you. As a result of we’re a part of the grasp race. You bought a niche in your enamel you are the grasp race, do not ever neglect that.”
The incident was caught on video.
Leavenworth commissioner sparks criticism
Bob Holland, who’s presently serving as one other one in every of Leavenworth County’s commissioners, said that he felt that Klemp ought to make a full apology.
“None of us are a grasp race. We’re all People, we’re all human beings. I feel he’s a racist. I do. I feel he owes an apology to that girl. I feel he owes an apology to the entire fee. And the county.”
He went on…
“I am ashamed of one in every of our commissioners and what he has achieved. We should not be labeled as Leavenworth County, the racist county. That is the way in which I really feel we’re being labeled.”
It ought to be famous that Klemp was not really elected to his seat. The Republican was appointed after one other commissioner left his put up as a result of ill-health. Klemp’s time period ends on January 15th, 2019.
This isn’t the primary time that Klemp has stirred controversy for racist feedback.
In a gathering about holidays to have a good time American icons, Klemp said about Accomplice chief Robert E. Lee…
“Not all people does all of them as a result of now we have Robert E. Lee…Oh God, Robert E. Lee, great a part of historical past,”
He went on to speak about how his grandfather owned a slave earlier than bemoaning that George Washington would by no means be honored along with his personal day of celebration like Martin Luther King Jr. as a result of Washington owned slaves.
Then Klemp stated…
“If we’ll have Martin Luther King Day, why do not now we have a George Washington? I feel George was a fairly essential man.”
It ought to be famous that President’s Day is on George Washington’s birthday, and till the 1980s, it was solely a celebration of our first President. Often Lincoln and Jefferson had been additionally celebrated.
Many thought that Klemp ought to be fired instantly.
However the metropolis of Leavenworth made it clear that, sadly, they don’t have the authority to fireplace Klemp.
Even though Leavenworth County agreed that Klemp was not match to serve on the county fee.
Although some had been irritated that that is hardly the primary time Klemp has made racist remarks, but he has by no means been requested to resign earlier than.
As of this writing, Klemp continues to be serving at his put up.