Rachel Lindsay Says She Will Address Race In ‘Bachelorette’ Premiere

Rachel Lindsay’s season of The Bachelorette is almost here and fans of the franchise are already super excited to see what the intelligent, charming new leading lady will bring to the show. She was known for her sense of humor, her confidence and her actual ability to act like a normal person during her run on Nick Viall’s season, so expectations are high for what she’ll bring on her very own season, which is starting very soon.

There are also some new conversations to be had as the show takes on new territory. Lindsay is the first African-American star of the series and in a time when race-relations are fraught with conflict in the media, it’s expected that diversity and race dynamics will need to be addressed.

There was brief mention and discomfort during the show’s previous After the Final Rose episode in which a future contestant told viewers that he was hoping to “go black and never go back,” which is a generally cringey thing to say. This was just one quick example of how the series and its contestants would be discussing ethnic differences and microaggressions, pretty heavy stuff for a dating show.

Lindsay has been frank in discussing the matter and recently gave Entertainment Tonight a little spoiler about how and when she’ll discuss race.

“I always say, it’s something that should be talked about,” the 31-year-old lawyer told ET. “I’m happy to address it. I’m honored to be the first [black Bachelorette].”

She’s aware that she might not be the only one tackling some new and controversial topics.

“With the guys, you know, if it’s something new to them, then I want to talk about it the same way that I [wanted] to talk to Nick about it: ‘Have you ever dated a black woman before?'” she said. “I’ll talk about my experiences as well. You know, it’s about me, too, but I don’t want it to be something that defines our relationship. But I think it’s something important to address.”

Viall discussed race with Lindsay and her family during a hometown date, with her mother asking if he had dated black women before. This was the show’s first real discussion of the matter on of its most diverse seasons yet.

Lindsay’s season will also be diverse and she makes it clear that she prefers it that way.

“I don’t just date a specific race. I date everyone. I’m open to everyone,” she said. “I’m hoping to see a cast that reflects that as well, and I’ve told [producers] that.”

What she doesn’t like is cockiness.

“I do not like a cocky guy. I like a confident guy,” she said. “You can toe the line just a little bit, but I cannot stand a cocky guy.”

She admits she loves a sense of humor and self awareness. We’re hoping she’ll meet her match and she’ll do it with open, informative discussion, no matter the topic.

Louis BaragonaCOLLEGECANDY Writer
Brooklyn-based writer and editor who is probably eating Mexican food and yelling something about feminism, the Kardashians and finding the perfect highlighter.
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