The Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay Answers THAT Question (About Stereotyping Black Women) And DivaGals Asked It!

By   |   May 22, 2017   |   Entertainment

Hey Divas. Rachel Lindsay‘s search for love starts tonight on The Bachelorette. And yes, she has the distinction of being the first woman of color to search for love on the long-running series.

Now we know Rachel met a few of her suitors on a previous episode of the series and one white suitor told her, “Once you go black, you never go back.” So DivaGals had to ask: how did Rachel deal with men who came into the game with stereotypes about dating black women?

“I know a lot of people were shocked by Dean’s comment. It did not bother me in the least,” she told us. “I actually enjoyed how bold he was and confident to come out on stage and make that comment. And it’s such a phrase that’s used by a lot of people, so it really didn’t bother me.”

Surprisingly, race didn’t play that big of an issue in her search for love. “That might have been the boldest comment that I had (through) the entire season … No one made me very aware that I was black, or that this is the first time they’ve been in an interracial relationship,” Rachel shared. “Those conversations were had later on, but it really wasn’t a theme or an issue during the season.”

Rachel’s already engaged (whoo hoo!). Here are three other fun facts you need to know about her upcoming season. Catch The Bachelorette premiere Monday, May 22 at 9 p.m. on ABC.

The type of man she was looking for.  I like a confident man – not cocky, but just confident; who’s very self-aware, direct, knows who he is — honest. A man who knows where he’s going, I love ambition. And someone who (was) just himself, who could be comfortable around me in such an intense environment. I’ve been looking for someone who also wanted what I want. I’m ready to start a family, I’m ready to get married and that was really important for me. I wanted someone who’s on the sam page as me.

Feeling a sense of responsibility.  To (get into) this role and be the first – you know, I’m representing myself as an African-American woman on a platform that hasn’t been done before. So all eyes are going to be on me. They’re going to be giving me their opinions. And I do feel that pressure, but I also think that it’s such a humbling and honoring experience that I accept the challenge and I’m more than happy to do it.

Why she WON’T be rushing to the altar. One of the things that Jojo told me when I talked to her is when you find your fiance and then you’re finally able to be public, you want to rush everything. And she – or she encouraged me to just get to know the person and take my time. And I really want to take that to heart, like that’s what I want to do. I want us to get a chance to know each other. And then we’ll see what happens. You know, maybe it will be quick. Maybe it will be a longer engagement like Shawn and Kaitlyn. I think we’ll just see how it goes. We just really want to get to know each other better and cultivate our relationship.

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