Rachel Lindsay Says There Was a 'Racist Contestant' on Her Season of The Bachelorette

Lindsay has been an outspoken figure in Bachelor Nation, often addressing the lack of diversity. Earlier this month, Lindsay said in an interview with AfterBuzz that she would no longer continue in the franchise if changes aren't made.

"When you're putting out something that is very whitewashed and doesn't have any type of color in it and you're not trying to be effective and change that … I think that they have to at this point, give us a black Bachelor for season 25," Lindsay said.

"I don't know how you don't," she added. "It's been asked of me will I continue in this franchise if it continues this way, I can't."

After ABC named Matt James the first black Bachelor last week, Lindsay expressed both excitement and disappointment when discussing the decision on Juliet Litman's podcast Bachelor Party.

"Don't get me wrong, it is lovely that there is a black Bachelor. It is great, but let's get in to the but," said Lindsay.

"The fact that there are a list of things I have requested and this petition that's on Change.org, and the bare minimum was done, which seems to be so simple, right? Just give us a black Bachelor? That's what you do? It's a Band-Aid. It's the easiest thing to me that you can do and I hate that it's in response — or it seems like a knee-jerk reaction to what happened in our society, what happened with George Floyd and the pressure that you're getting from society," she said.

Lindsay pointed out that it's as though "a man had to die in such a gruesome and public way for us to get a black Bachelor."

"That's what it feels like. That's the reaction," she added.

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