“I’m studying and can proceed to learn to be antiracist.”
Massive week for folks on The Bachelor apologizing, huh?
Let’s attempt to unpack this one as simply as attainable: So it seems that present Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell attended an Antebellum-themed social gathering — and when former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay requested Bachelor host Chris Harrison about it on Further, Harrison just about blew it.
Yesterday, he apologized.
Now, it is Kirkconnell’s flip.
“I am right here to say I used to be unsuitable,” Kirkconnell stated in her assertion after acknowledging “truths which have come to gentle that I would like to deal with.”
“At one level, I did not acknowledge how offensive and racist my actions had been, however that does not excuse them,” she stated.
“My age or when it occurred doesn’t excuse something. They aren’t okay or acceptable in any sense. I used to be ignorant, however my ignorance was racist.”
Shortly after Kirkconnell’s apology was posted, a number of contestants from this season of The Bachelor that establish as BIPOC posed an announcement to social media on behalf of “Twenty-five girls who establish as BIPOC [who] had been forged on this historic season that was meant to symbolize change.”
“We’re deeply dissatisfied and wish to make it clear that we denounce any protection of racism,” the assertion learn. “Any protection of racist conduct denies the lived and continued experiences of BIPOC people. These experiences are to not be exploited or tokenized.”
“Rachel Lindsay continues to advocate with ‘grace’ for people who establish as BIPOC inside this franchise,” the assertion continued, seemingly referring to Lindsay’s interview with Harrison. “Simply because she is talking the loudest, does not imply she is alone.”
“We stand together with her, we hear her, and we advocate for change alongside her.”
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