The Bachelor’s Rachael Kirkconnell’s Apology

“I’m studying and can proceed to learn to be antiracist.”

Massive week for individuals on The Bachelor apologizing, huh?

Let’s attempt to unpack this one as simply as potential: So it seems that present Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell attended an Antebellum-themed get together — 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 incorrect,” Kirkconnell mentioned in her assertion after acknowledging “truths which have come to gentle that I would like to handle.”

“At one level, I did not acknowledge how offensive and racist my actions have been, however that does not excuse them,” she mentioned.

“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 a press release to social media on behalf of “Twenty-five ladies who establish as BIPOC [who] have been forged on this historic season that was meant to signify change.”

“We’re deeply disillusioned and need to make it clear that we denounce any protection of racism,” the assertion learn. “Any protection of racist habits 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, doesn’t suggest she is alone.”

“We stand along with her, we hear her, and we advocate for change alongside her.”

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