The Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay Answers THAT Question (About Stereotyping Black Women) And DivaGals Asked It!By Delaina Dixon | 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 DeanΓÇÖs 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 itΓÇÖs such a phrase thatΓÇÖs used by a lot of people, so it really didnΓÇÖt 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 theyΓÇÖve been in an interracial relationship,” Rachel shared. “Those conversations were had later on, but it really wasnΓÇÖt 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. ┬áI like a confident man ΓÇô not cocky, but just confident; whoΓÇÖs very self-aware, direct, knows who he is — honest. A man who knows where heΓÇÖs going, I love ambition. And someone who (was) just himself, who could be comfortable around me in such an intense environment. IΓÇÖve been looking for someone who also wanted what I want. IΓÇÖm ready to start a family, IΓÇÖm ready to get married and that was really important for me. I wanted someone whoΓÇÖs on the sam page as me.
Feeling a sense of responsibility. ┬áTo (get into) this role and be the first – you know, IΓÇÖm representing myself as an African-American woman on a platform that hasnΓÇÖt been done before. So all eyes are going to be on me. TheyΓÇÖre going to be giving me their opinions. And I do feel that pressure, but I also think that itΓÇÖs such a humbling and honoring experience that I accept the challenge and IΓÇÖm more than happy to do it.
Why she WON’T be rushing to the altar.┬áOne of the things that Jojo told me when I talked to her is when you find your fiance and then youΓÇÖre finally able to be public, you want to rush everything. And she ΓÇô 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 thatΓÇÖs what I want to do. I want us to get a chance to know each other. And then weΓÇÖll see what happens. You know, maybe it will be quick. Maybe it will be a longer engagement like Shawn and Kaitlyn. I think weΓÇÖll just see how it goes. We just really want to get to know each other better and cultivate our relationship.
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