BACHELOR’S Rachael Kirkconnell apologized and admitted her “ignorance was racist” following past controversial behavior coming to light.
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Rachael Kirkconnell broke her silence following backlash for ‘racist’ behaviorCredit: Instagram
The Georgia native previously dressed in a Native American costumeCredit: Instagram
The Bachelor star posted a lengthy apology on Instagram on ThursdayCredit: Instagram
The reality contestant wrote on Thursday: “While there have been rumors circulating, there have also been truths that have come to light that I need to address.
“I hear you, and I’m here to say I was wrong. At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them.”
She continued in the lengthy Instagram apology: “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.”
Rachael admitted her ‘ignorance was racist’ in a lengthy apologyCredit: Bachelor Nation
The Matt James frontrunner said she was ‘sorry’ for her actionsCredit: American Broadcasting Companies
“I am sorry to the communities and individuals that my actions harmed and offended. I am ashamed about my lack of education, but it is no one’s responsibility to educate me,” she added.
The 24-year-old graphic designer admitted she is “learning” and “will continue to learn how to be antiracist.”
“It’s important to speak up in the moment and not after you’re called out.
“If you are a person who doesn’t understand the offense in question, I urge you to learn from my mistakes and encourage you to use them as a teachable moment,” she concluded her passionate plea.
Rachael attended an ‘Old South’ plantation party in 2018
Rachael has also come under fire for controversial social media activityCredit: Instagram
Since the premiere of Matt James‘ season, this year’s frontrunner was slammed when multiple TikTok’s went viral that showed Rachael’s controversial behavior.
The contestant also got backlash for dressing up in a Native American costume and engaging in a series of controversial social media activity.
Host Chris Harrison attempted to defend Rachael this week however, his “offensive” comments caused even more outrage within Bachelor Nation.
Chris Harrison posted a lengthy apology for his ‘offensive’ commentsCredit: Instagram
The longtime Bachelor host ‘defended’ Rachael during a recent interview
Former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay talked to Chris about Rachael’s actionsCredit: Fox
In an interview with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay – the first Black lead in franchise history – the host said: “We all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion.
“Because I’ve seen some stuff online… again, this ‘judge, jury, executioner’ thing where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart.”
Following his comments, thousands of fans demanded Chris be FIRED as the longtime – and only – host of the franchise.
In addition to Chris’ controversy trending on Twitter all week, a mass petition with 25,000 signatures and counting urged the show to drop its host of 20 years from the franchise.
Contestant Kit Keenan denounced ‘white privilege’ on Instagram todayCredit: Instagram
The fashion designer’s daughter spoke out against ‘racism’Credit: Instagram
Kit Keenan – who is vying alongside Rachael for Matt James’ heart – took to Instagram earlier today to share her own thoughts.
She said: “Yes, 2020 has spurred greater awareness of white privilege. That doesn’t mean racist behavior of the past should be excused nor does it mean our work here is done.”
“For people of color within the bachelor franchise, viewers, and beyond, I see you and I hear you. Silence is complicity.”