Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

ABC casts first black 'Bachelorette' and it's about time

ABC casts first black 'Bachelorette' and it's about time

The series has found its first black Bachelorette in current Bachelor contestant Rachel Lindsay.

It seems the new Bachelorette will be Rachel Lindsay, who is now appearing on The Bachelor as a woman vying for Nick Viall's heart. Lindsay will reportedly be formally introduced during Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night.

America officially has its first black "Bachelorette", and damn is she awesome.

Current Bachelor contestant and future Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay. The couple appeared to have real chemistry together- he gave her the first impression rose on the first episode.

Producers of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have long avoided the big question as to whether a diverse contestant would ever be featured, almost casting former Bachelor contestant Caila Quinn, an Asian woman, last season. "I just hope that people rally behind me... and just realize that I'm just trying to find love, and even though I'm an African American woman, it's no different than any other Bachelorette". Lindsay was considered by many to be this season's frontrunner but, here we are. She has taken the time to focus on our relationship, which is hard to do for some of the women.

Rachel is obviously happy to date outside her race, since Nick Viall is white. "I'm very excited for her. But I wanted to make sure that Corinne didn't feel like she'd made a mistake", he said.

To state the obvious, Rachel is black, and there has never been a black lead of either The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, a fact for which the network has been criticized in recent years.

"If I'm bringing you home, it means something", she added.

And, for that reason, I wouldn't have wanted to start my journey with this show any earlier than right now or with any contestant but Rachel Lindsay. Yet through 21 seasons of The Bachelor and 12 of The Bachelorette, the only non-white lead has been Juan Pablo Galvais, who is Latino, and was the Bachelor in 2013.

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