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Ellie Kemper apologizes for racist debutante ball – fitshopee

Ellie Kemper responded to the recent revelation of her attendance at a debutante ball in St. Louis which has its origins in early 20th-century racism and anti-Semitism, with the former Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star saying she was not aware of the history of the event but that “ignorance is no excuse”.

In an Instagram post today, Kemper, who participated in the 1999 Veiled Prophet Ball in his freshman year at Princeton University, wrote: “I unequivocally deplore, denounce and reject white supremacy. At the same time, I recognize that because of my race and my privilege, I am the beneficiary of a system that has delivered unequal justice and unequal rewards.

Read the full statement below.

The actor’s participation in the ball – she was crowned Queen of Love and Beauty – came to light last week when Twitter users shared old newspaper snippets of Kemper’s involvement. The Veiled Prophet Ball was founded in 1878 and prohibited blacks and American Jews from participating. According to a 2014 article in The Atlantic, the Veiled Prophet Organization was in part created “in response to growing social unrest in the city, largely involving cooperation between white and black workers.”

Kemper wrote today: “The century-old organization that hosted the debutants’ ball had an unmistakably racist, sexist and elitist past. I was not aware of this story at the time, but ignorance is no excuse. I was old enough to have educated myself before joining.

She continued, “There is a very natural temptation when you are criticized on the Internet, to tell you that your detractors are completely wrong. But at one point last week, I realized that a lot of forces behind the criticism are forces with which I have sent my life to support and agree.

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Kemper, who became famous on Office, apologized to “the people I have disappointed” and promised “to listen, to continue to educate myself and to use my privilege to support the better society that I think we are capable of becoming” .

Here is his full statement:

The century-old organization that hosted the debutante ball had an unmistakably racist, sexist and elitist past. I was not aware of this story at the time, but ignorance is no excuse. I was old enough to have educated myself before joining.

I unequivocally deplore, denounce and reject white supremacy. At the same time, I recognize that because of my race and my privilege, I am the beneficiary of a system that has delivered unequal justice and unequal rewards. There is a very natural temptation, when you are criticized on the Internet, to tell yourself that your detractors are completely wrong. But at one point last week, I realized that a lot of the forces behind the criticism are forces that I have sent my life to support and agree with.

I firmly believe in the values ​​of kindness, integrity and inclusion. I try to live my life in accordance with these values. If my experience is any indication that organizations and institutions whose pasts fall short of these beliefs should be held accountable, then I must view this experience in a positive light.

I want to apologize to the people I have disappointed, and I promise that in the future I will listen, continue to educate myself and use my privilege to support the better society that I think we are capable of. to become.

Thanks for reading this.

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