'The Bachelor' Star Rachael Kirkconnell Addresses Racism Controversy in Candid Instagram Post
Rachael Kirkconnell recently shared an Instagram photo, telling fans to stop defending her previous actions and vowing to change for the better: "I will utilize my platform to amplify voices."
"The Bachelor's" Rachel Kirkconnell lately received backlash for being an alleged racist, going to an "Antebellum" themed fraternity party in college, and liking racist posts on Instagram.
As the Black Lives Matter movement has recently been active due to last year's happenings, many feel strongly about racial injustice and want to spread awareness on the issue.
This is why it comes as no surprise that people corrected the television personality upon finding out certain information in the past. However, their sentiments may have come off too strong that it, instead, brought Kirkconnel down.
Recently, the reality show contestant, who is trying to win Matt James's heart, the first Black Bachelor, aired her thoughts on Instagram and sent a message to her supporters.
"This entire experience of what's going on right now was a blessing in disguise," she said, adding that it can allow people to realize and talk about racism and how it can be eliminated.
She currently works as a graphic designer somewhere in the Atlanta area.
The 24-year-old also told her fans not to defend her previous actions and not to say to others what should offend them. Kirkconnel said:
"That's not our place to tell people what they can and can't be offended about [...] that's part of the problem."
The young woman's mother, Kim Kirkconnel, publicly supported her daughter when the issue surfaced on the internet. She revealed that her daughter was torn apart without being able to air her side of the story.
The Kirkconnel family felt like the situation blew out of proportion until it looked like people were bullying the "Bachelor" star online, not knowing how different she is today.
Kirkconnell hails from Cumming, Georgia, and is a graduate of Georgia College & State University, where she obtained a marketing degree. She currently works as a graphic designer somewhere in the Atlanta area.
The Georgia native is also reportedly the woman who won the bachelor's heart in the contest, competing against Bri Springs, Serena Pitt, and Michelle Young.
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