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What do tennis star Serena Williams, U. Kamala Harris and businesswoman Mellody Hobson have in common? But despite these real-world examples of interracial relationships, a Pew Research Center report found that black women are the least likely group of women to marry, especially outside of their own race.
I love the color turquoise. I feel prettiest wearing a swishy skirt and having done yoga that morning. I live for summer. The subway—and being crammed up against all those people—energizes me. I love my mom ineffably. I want kids and have some weird-cool names in my head.
But many of the Black women who watch the show, like Mikayla Bartholomew, say they could see these issues coming from a mile away. Bartholomew, 26, watched the series intermittently with her mother growing up.
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Their show served as means to grapple with Blackness, activism and the franchise on a season that was supposed to spur change. Rachael Kirkconnell received the final rose from James, but before the finale aired, photos of Kirkconnell, who is white, surfaced on social media featuring her, then an undergrad at Georgia College and State University, dressed up for an antebellum-themed ball.
TikTok users also compiled evidence of her mimicking Native Americans in costume and liking social media posts supportive of former President Donald Trump. Kirkconnell issued an apology on social media in February, saying that at the time she didn't realize the racial implications of her actions but that she should not be excused for that.
I don't think one apology means that I deserve your forgiveness, but rather I hope I can earn your forgiveness through my future actions. Through all this, Bartholomew and Price followed along, documenting the on-screen and off-screen antics.
Price, 28, began watching the series with "The Bachelorette" starring Emily Maynard in We've seen a lot of light-skinned women, mixed-race women and racially ambiguous women.
I am clearly a Black woman with dark skin. I have never seen myself represented on that show.
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Questions arose from Black viewers surrounding the palatable Blackness that appeases a white audience and whether James was not-so-subtly hinting that he would give the final rose to a white woman. We just have found we're not the ones that are desired, so engaging in relationships is often about finding someone that you're compatible with.
Whereas, for Black men, there's an assimilation to power that they're seeking. This social order goes back centuries, says sociologist Cheryl Judice of Northwestern University, who studies interracial relationships and marriages. Data shows James is no anomaly.
According to the Pew Research Centeramong Black newlyweds, 24 percent of Black men have a spouse of a different race or ethnicity as opposed to 12 percent of Black women. She said she does not feel as though James slighted her, nor did she interpret his conversation with Harrison as ruling out Black women.
However, she certainly noticed, week after week, when a Black woman who was not light-skinned went home.
Bachelor Data, a fan that tracks show-related statisticsfound that women of color were not given airtime proportionate to how many of them were in the cast. Vaughn said the data maps to her own experience on the show.
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I'm probably the Black woman that got the most airtime that is not a mixed woman. For them, that means hiring more than one producer of color; having an equity, justice and representation consultant; confronting anti-Blackness head-on; and much more.
And I hope that the franchise does the work that it needs to do to push forward and to be better. IE 11 is not supported.
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