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Kansas official tells black woman he's part of 'master race'

UNDER FIRE: Louis Klemp, third from left on the back row, is facing calls to resign because of his comment (Screengrab: Leavenworth County Kansas/YouTube)

A WHITE Kansas official has told a black woman that he is part of the master race during a county meeting.

Leavenworth county commissioner Louis Klemp made the comments to Triveece Penelton during a presentation she gave on behalf of the firm Vireo.

He said: “I don’t want you to think I am picking on you because we are part of the master race.

“You have a gap in your teeth. We are part of the master race. Don’t you forget that.”

Penelton, a city planner, had given a presentation in relation to a development project when Kemp addressed her with these statements.

In footage of the incident, she appears to laugh in disbelief.

Since Kemp made the comments, two members of the Leavenworth County Commission have called for him to resign.

County commissioner Doug Smith told local paper the Leavenworth Times: “In the best interest of the county, he should resign.”

In addition to Smith, Robert Holland, the other member on the commission told NBC News that he was “shocked” and in “disbelief” at

Klemp has not yet apologised for his remarks.

It is not the first time Klemp’s statements have courted controversy.

Last year, when speaking on the topic of holidays, Klemp referred to Confederate Army commander Robert E Lee as a “wonderful part of history”.

Lee, whose family held slaves, led soldiers to fight in favour of the continuation of slavery.

He later delivered apologised for the comments he made about Robert E Lee.

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