She continued, “I unequivocally deplore, denounce, and reject white supremacy. At the same time, I acknowledge that because of my race and my privilege, I am the beneficiary of a system that has dispensed unequal justice and unequal rewards.”
At the time of last week’s furor over Ellie’s involvement in the ball, the Veiled Prophet Organization told E! News as part of a statement, “The VP organization is dedicated to civic progress, economic contributions and charitable causes in St. Louis. Our organization believes in and promotes inclusion, diversity and equality for this region. We absolutely reject racism and have never partnered or associated with any organization that harbors these beliefs.”
Click here to read E!’s full coverage of the controversy surrounding the group’s history and Ellie’s pageant participation.