Kansas Official Who Said He Was Part of ‘Master Race’ Resigns After Outcry

The Kansas county commissioner who told a black woman at a board meting last week that he was part of the “master race” resigned early Tuesday. Louis Klemp, in a letter to Leavenworth County Clerk Janet Klasinski, said he would step down as of 9 a.m., The Hill reports. “In order to maintain a focus and prioritize the needs of the county I have made a decision to resign,” Klemp wrote. “I regret my recent comment made during a Leavenworth County Commission meeting and for the negative backlash to the community.” His Nov. 13 comments to Triveece Penelton, a black city planner, at a county meeting triggered a widespread backlash. The commissioner had disagreed with Penelton’s development proposal plan, adding she shouldn’t think he was picking on her because he was “part of the master race,” according to a video of the meeting.