Bachelor's Rachael Kirkconnell demands fans 'STOP defending' her racist claims as she vows to 'do better' in tense video
BACHELOR’s Rachael Kirkconnell demands fans STOP “defending” her past “racist” actions as she vows to “do better” in an emotional video.
The Matt James frontrunner was seen speaking out for the first time since the show’s ongoing racism scandal she’s been at the center of since resurfaced photos showed her attending an “Old South” party in 2018.
In a tense eight-minute Instagram clip, the 24-year-old admitted she was "tired" of "not saying anything" through the ongoing outrage.
Rachael then got a stern voice and looked seriously at the camera, saying: “If you are in my comments or anywhere defending me or telling people that I did nothing wrong or that there is nothing to be hurt or offended about, please stop.
“That’s not our place to tell people what they can and can’t be offended about. Thats wrong and that’s part of the problem so stop saying I did nothing wrong, that’s not true.
“If you really want to support me then encourage me to do better.”
As she sat on her bedroom floor in a sweatshirt, she continued: “I’ve come to realize that sitting aside and hiding in the corner to avoid being called ‘performative’ doesn’t help anyone.
“I need to use my privilege and platform that I so do not deserve to shine a spotlight on these issues and do what I can to take a step in the right direction.”
“I am going to post some resources that I have used or plan on using because the learning never stops.
“We all need to continue to educate ourselves and I think that’s where everyone needs to start with all of this.”
Rachael concluded her plea: “Thank you for holding me accountable. I am so sorry.
“I know that doesn’t change anything but I hope that I can earn your forgiveness and grace through my future actions. I’m done waiting around for a time to speak and I’m done hiding from all of this.”
“I think the first big step in all of this is white people stepping up and taking accountability. Things won’t change unless we all work together for the racial unity we all want.
“I’ve been hesitant to post links and resources because I don’t want people thinking it’s performative or not something I really stand by.”
Online fury continues to rage on over Rachael's resurfaced photos from 2018 that show her attending an "Old South" Antebellum-themed party.
Attending the college bash was widely labeled "racist" as the party has deep ties to the confederacy and "celebrates slavery."
However, in an exclusive interview with The Sun, her mom Kim Kirkconnell said the controversial party was actually billed as a "Southern Belle" rather than an Old South Antebellum party.
In response, IT professional Kim, 54, said: “We will never be able to understand how he feels about this situation as a black man. We respect his stance on the situation.
"We have seen the devastation and heartbreak this has caused for Rachael.
“Rachael has felt hopeless and frustrated about not being able to address the issue and speak her side. "
The brunette beauty previously released a past written statement apologizing for her past actions but today's post is her first time verbally recognizing the scandal.
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