Kemper addressed the controversy in an Instagram post on Monday.
“When I was 19 I decided to go to a debutants’ ball in my hometown,” she began. “The centuries-old organization that hosted the Debutante Ball had an undoubtedly racist, sexist, and elitist past. I wasn’t aware of the story at the time, but ignorance is no excuse. I was old enough to educate myself before the engagement. denounce and unequivocally oppose white supremacy, “she continued.” At the same time, I recognize that because of my race and privilege, I am the beneficiary of a system that has distributed unequal justice and rewards. “
Kemper added: “I firmly believe in the values of friendliness, integrity and inclusivity. I try to live my life in accordance with these values. If my experience is an indication that organizations and institutions with a past do not live up to these beliefs “should be held accountable, then I must see that experience as positive.”
The organization itself released its own statement last week which states: “Our organization believes in and promotes inclusion, diversity and equality for this region.