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Rachel Lindsay opened up about the pressures of being ABC’s first black “Bachelorette” during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“I’m not choosing a man for America, I’m choosing a man for me,” said the 31-year-old lawyer from Nick Viall’s season of “The Bachelor.” Last month, ABC made history by announcing her as the first African American to hand out roses in the show’s 33 seasons.

“To be the first African American woman is a beautiful thing,” she told THR. “I’m honored and humbled to be the one chosen. Because that’s how I feel: like I was chosen to be in this role.”

Though production has yet to begin on her season, which typically airs in the spring, Lindsay now faces the potential pressure of breaking a second racial barrier if her final role went to an African American man.

“That is a very common question that I get from black people,” she said when speaking to THR at the taping of the “Women Tell All” reunion special, which also aired Monday night. “Honestly, I don’t want to go into this process with any preconceived notions or any pressures to do something for somebody else. I hate to sound selfish, but it’s my process.”

The civil defense litigation attorney from Texas continued: “It’s my journey in finding love. And whether that person is black, white, red, whatever — it’s my journey. I’m not choosing a man for America, I’m choosing a man for me.”

“I know there are going to be people who criticize what I do no matter what, but I’m just trying to not get caught up in it,” she added. “I feel like it was meant to be and that outweighs any fear or pressure that I have in being the first African-American Bachelorette.”

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14 thoughts on “First Black Bachelorette Says She Feels ‘Pressured’ To Choose A Black Man

  1. Really on said:

    I feel you should choose whomever you want, however it’s seems to be s growing trend that educated blacks tend to go outside their race for a mate. Who is the pressure coming from not sure.

    • Sarah on said:

      Like I said, it is the modern day “Wyllie Lynch” theory going on still. NO one is pressure this girl, she just does not like black men and trying to use this “excuse” to hide behind.

  2. What! on said:

    Girl please, when blacks talk like this, they do not want black. What pressure? It is expected when it come to a relationship that you will naturally picked a mate from your race regardless if you do or not.

  3. Sarah on said:

    See, this is my problem. Why does she feel pressured to pick a black man?. Did any white man or white woman who were Bachelorette or Bachelor were there pressure to pick blacks? No, if fact, blacks were kicked off quick and were hoped not to be picked. This is just modern day “wyllie Lynch. Got to please “massa”

    • This is a game in which men/women are played like game pieces in order to be “won” by other men/women, and the only thing that bothers you is the race of the game pieces? What bothers me is that, it seems that being the first black game piece to be won as the prize, is being lauded as something to be proud of. Why?

    • Apparently Social Justice Liberals who want to make a statement about diversity
      Wait till next season which will feature a man pressured to pick another man

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