Rachel Lindsay Slams Rachael Kirkconnell’s Anti-Racism Instagram Post


Not having it! Rachel Lindsay known as out Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell over her latest anti-racism Instagram submit.

Following Kirkconnell’s apology for her previous allegations of racism, Lindsay identified on her “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast on Tuesday, February 23, how the season 25 frontrunner fastidiously staged an Instagram Story pic to showcase the Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man guide alongside her “mid-afternoon matcha” and manicured nails.

“You almost feel like you know everything you need to know about her in that picture. The fact that that’s what she decided to do,” the previous Bachelorette, 35, mentioned. “Several people sent me that Story. Her apology was well-written, it was pretty and it was sincere. I’m not going to knock anyone’s apology. But then the next step is to take action.”

Rachel Lindsay and Rachael Kirkconnell. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock; ABC/Craig Sjodin

Lindsay — whose interview earlier this month with Bachelor host Chris Harrison sparked controversy when he defended Kirkconnell for her previous racist actions — continued, “Taking action to me isn’t showing everybody that you’re reading the book. You have such a big platform. There’s a lot of people who don’t necessarily understand what Chris said in the interview or why people are so upset, so this is an opportunity for you to explain that.”

The Texas native famous that “vapid is the word that comes to mind” when pondering of Kirkconnell’s submit. “I don’t think it could get any worse, unless [Matt James] chooses Rachael,” Lindsay added.

Kirkconnell, 24, is likely one of the closing three girls competing for James — the primary Black Bachelor — on the ABC actuality collection. After the season’s January four premiere, she got here beneath hearth when a TikTok consumer accused the graphic designer of bullying them over their curiosity in Black males. More of her previous racially creative actions continued to floor, together with “liking” photographs with the Confederate flag within the background and posting a photograph of herself attending an antebellum plantation-themed formal in 2018.

Kirkconnell broke her silence on February 11, explaining how there have “been truths that have come to light” amid the accusations.

“I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them,” she wrote by way of Instagram. “My age or when it happened does not excuse anything. They are not acceptable or okay in any sense. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”

The Georgia native mentioned that she ought to “be held accountable” for what she did, noting that she needs to “earn your forgiveness through my future actions.”

Prior to releasing her assertion, Harrison addressed the outcry over her previous actions whereas talking to Lindsay for Extra on February 9.

“We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion. Because I have seen some stuff online — this judge, jury, executioner thing where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart and diving into, like, her parents, her parents’ voting record,” the 49-year-old mentioned on the time. “I haven’t heard Rachael speak on this yet. Until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say any of this?”

Harrison’s feedback had been met with heavy backlash. Three days after he issued an apology by way of Instagram on February 10, he introduced that he would briefly step away from internet hosting the present season of The Bachelor.

“I am dedicated to getting educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before,” he wrote on February 13. “I want to ensure our cast and crew members, to my friends, colleagues and our fans: this is not a moment, but a commitment to much greater understanding that I will actively make every day.”

James, 29, addressed the scandal on Monday, February 22, and mentioned it has been “devastating and heartbreaking” to witness these conditions unfold. He additionally identified how “Black people and allies immediately knew and understood” the problem with Harrison’s protection of Kirkconnell.

“It was a clear reflection of a much larger issue that The Bachelor franchise has fallen short on addressing adequately for years,” the true property dealer mentioned. “This moment has sparked critical conversations and reporting, raised important questions, and resulted in inspiring displays of solidarity from The Bachelor nation.”

The North Carolina native added that the controversy “pushed me to reevaluate and process what my experience on The Bachelor represents, not just for me, but for all the contestants of color, especially the Black contestants of this season and seasons past, and for you, the viewers at home.”

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