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KS governor demands county commissioner resign over ‘master race’ remark

first_imgLeavenworth County Board of County Commissioners (TOPEKA, Kan.) — The governor of Kansas is demanding the resignation of a white county commissioner who claimed he was “part of the master race” when talking to an African-American consultant during a public meeting last week.Gov. Jeff Colyer is asking Louis Klemp, chairman of the Leavenworth County Board of Commissioners, to step down following his “inappropriate remarks” made during a public meeting on Nov. 13.“Racial and discriminative language have no place in our society, and most especially when spoken by someone holding a public office,” Colyer said in a statement. “The inappropriate remarks made by Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp are unacceptable and do not reflect the values of the county which he represents. As such I call on him to step down as county commissioner.”During a public meeting on Tuesday, Triveece Penelton, a consultant for VIREO Planning Associates in Kansas City, was making a presentation to the board of commissioners about community engagement on a potential development of rural land in Tonganoxie, Kansas.In a video of the meeting, posted on the Leavenworth County Board of Commissioners’ YouTube channel, Klemp expressed his displeasure with a plan to develop the land as residential. He said he favored an industrial development that would return revenue to the county.Speaking directly to Penelton, Klemp said, “I don’t want you to think I’m picking on you because we’re part of the master race. You know you got a gap in your teeth. You’re the masters. Don’t ever forget that.”Klemp did not explain what he meant by the comment.The term “master race” stems from Nazi terminology, often describing Adolf Hitler’s belief in a superior Aryan race.Klemp did not respond to requests for comment Sunday from ABC News.Penelton also could not be reached for comment on Sunday.Leavenworth County Administrator Mark Loughry issued a statement defending Klemp, saying the commissioner was referring to a gap in his own teeth and noting that Penelton had a similar gap.“The use of the term ‘Master Race,’ as ill-advised as it may be, was not a reference to Nazis or used in a racist manner in this instance,” Loughry said in a statement. “Leavenworth County has a zero tolerance for racism or discrimination in any form from any staff members. I am deeply sorry that one misconstrued comment by a member of our elected governing body has caused so much grief, sorrow and hatred.”But Robert Holland, one of Klemp’s colleagues on the commission, said Klemp needs to be disciplined.“When he said ‘master race,’ there is no master race,” Holland told ABC affiliate station KMBC-TV in Leavenworth. “I mean, we’re all Americans, we’re all human beings. There is no master race.”Holland said he is considering a motion to remove Klemp, whose term on the board runs through Jan. 15, from being chairman of the board.Meanwhile, the Leavenworth City Commission held a special meeting on Thursday and issued a statement condemning Klemp’s remark and asked that he apologize and step down.“These comments have resulted in widespread negative attention and have harmed the overall perception of residents, businesses, cities, organizations and agencies in Leavenworth County,” the Leavenworth City Commission said in its statement. “The City Commission unequivocally denounces the use of ‘master race’ or any other language that has historic ties to racism, division and bigotry in any setting at any time.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Nigel Hayes inks contract with Kings for remainder of season, 2018-19

first_imgWhile he didn’t accomplish much for his record that night, it was a proud moment for him and Wisconsin athletics.The Kings were never in the running for making the playoffs this season, pushing them to recruit some newbies to strengthen the team. Because of Nigel Hayes’ size (6-foot-8 and 250 pounds), he has the defensive capabilities the Kings are missing. Not only can he defend, he can shoot a mean 3-pointer and snatches rebounds like it is nobody’s business. Though he didn’t get much recognition on teams like the Lakers and the Knicks, Sacramento seems like a perfect fit.Hopefully, Hayes finds his home in Sacramento, taking his talent he proved at Wisconsin and showing it to the rest of the country. You can watch Hayes and the Kings take on the Phoenix Suns April 3 at 9 p.m. CT. Nigel Hayes, the University of Wisconsin’s former star forward, has signed his first full NBA contract with the Sacramento Kings.The contract is for the last six games of this year, as well as the upcoming 2018-19 season. He left his mark as a Badger as the third-highest scorer of all time, averaging 12.4 points a game.After graduating in 2016, he went undrafted and played for the New York Knicks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors. He played for the Raptors 905 and the Westchester Knicks — Toronto and New York’s respective G-League teams, respectively — before being picked up by the Kings in late March.The Sacramento Kings have had a very lackluster season (25-53), ranking themselves last in their conference. They, like many of their fellow conference bottom-dwellers, are seemingly positioning themselves for the best shot at a top pick in a loaded 2018 draft class.With Zach Randolph as the lead scorer, averaging 14.5 points a game, they don’t have many standout players to dominate the game. Bringing Hayes in will be a great addition, adding more young talent to a team that already counts Buddy Hield (University of Oklahoma) and Frank Mason III (University of Kansas) among their ranks. Hayes will be a fresh and welcome face for the Sacramento team.During his time playing for the NBA’s G-League, Hayes averaged 15 points a game, higher than his time at Wisconsin. He also started in 35 of 43 games, proving his abilities to teams looking to call up players from the developmental league.While on his 10-day contracts with both the Raptors and the Lakers, he played in two contests for each team. Although only getting a few minutes in each game, he took advantage of his time on the court and showed his appreciation for being in the league.last_img read more

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