Bachelor candidate Rachael Kirkconnell wants viewers to stop defending their past racial flaws, saying “We have so much to do” to heal racist wounds.
The front runner of the Bachelor Rachael Kirkconnell owns her past racial violations in a new Instagram video. She doesn’t want anyone to defend her past actions, which include participating in an antebellum-themed fraternity formal. The 24-year-old fighting for the heart of the first black bachelor Matt James – told fans in a seven and a half long Instagram video on February 25th: “This entire movement and where we are in this country is just so much bigger than this. And I want and have to use my privilege and my platform, which I don’t deserve, just to shed light on these issues and try to do everything possible to take a step in the right direction. “
Rachael continued, “And I keep trying to tell myself that this whole experience of what is happening was a blessing in disguise because it may wake up a lot of people. And maybe it has already started. And I think one of the most important parts of all of this is talking to each other and having these conversations and having these awkward conversations. And learn, unlearn, and get the job done. We have so much to do. “
“One more thing if you stand in my comments or defend me somewhere and tell people I didn’t do anything wrong. That there is nothing to be hurt about, there is nothing to be angry or offended about, please stop, ”the Georgia College alum asked. “This is not our place to tell people what they can and cannot be offended about, you know, that’s wrong. And that’s part of the problem. “
Rachael Kirkconnell, 24, was the front runner on Matt James’ season of ‘The Bachelor’. Image credit: ABC.
“So please stop saying I didn’t do anything wrong. That is not true. You know, if you really want to support me then encourage me to do better and encourage the people around you to do better and accept change and allow others to learn and grow. Because we have to work together if something is to change. And if you know yourself that you don’t understand, take this trip with me. Just open your heart to learning and learning, ”Rachael pleaded.
Rachael Kirkconnell admits some naughty thoughts to Matt James about ‘The Bachelor’. Photo credit: ABC.
Rachael came under fire after photos emerged of her attending an antebellum fraternity celebration in Georgia in 2018 as a student and “liking” racially charged Instagram posts. Show host Chris HarrisonThe 49-year-old defended herself early on during an interview with the first black Bachelorette on February 9th Rachel Lindsay, 35, on extra. Before Kirkconnell finally spoke on the subject on February 11, Harrison said, “We all need a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion” for her because people are “just tearing this girl’s life apart”.
Chris then asked, “Where was this lens kept and was this lens available, and did we all go through it in 2018? I don’t know. “When Lindsay explained that an Old South party” doesn’t look good, “Harrison asked,” Is that it? [not] a good look in 2018 or is it not a good look in 2021? … I’m not defending Rachael, I just know 50 million people did that in 2018. “The long-time host has since said goodbye to his Bachelor duties and will no longer be part of the After the Final Rose show after a long and detailed apology. His long-term status with the franchise is still unclear.