Rachael Kirkconnell speaks Bachelor Fans who have held them accountable for past racist behavior and tell those who continue to defend their actions to “please stop”.
The 24-year-old native Georgian posted a video on Instagram Thursday night in which she spoke out for the first time since her initial apology for photos that resurfaced wearing Native American clothing as a costume and visiting an antebellum plantation. Theme party in college. In the video, she shared the steps she has taken to advance her anti-racist efforts.
“I have received a lot of messages in the last few weeks since I published my testimony. A lot of people have asked me, ‘Well, what have you done to change since then?’ A lot of people have also told me that they don’t understand why people are so upset. But they want and have asked for resources, which I think is great, “she said. “But then people write to me who say, ‘You haven’t done anything wrong, don’t listen to people.’ And I’m just tired of getting all of this and not saying anything, and I think the first big step in all of this is for white people to show up and take responsibility. “
Kirkconnell, who is currently battling for the heart of Matt James, the franchise’s first Black Bachelor in 25 seasons, said she’s “been hesitant to post links, books, and resources because I don’t want people to think about it.” ” that it’s performative or not something I’m not really into. And I understand I hear you “Now she has made a decision to use her platform for these resources to promote unity and educate those who do not understand the gravity of the situation.
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“I want and have to use my privilege and my platform, which I do not deserve, to just shed light on these issues and try to do everything possible to take a step in the right direction. And I keep trying, myself saying that. This whole experience of what’s happening has been a blessing in disguise because maybe it can wake up a lot of people and maybe it has already started, “she said.
Kirkconnell previously addressed the importance of accountability in the statement posted to her account on Feb.11. There she wrote: “Racial progress and unity are impossible without (white) accountability, and I deserve to be held accountable for my actions.” Her statement went on to say, “I do not believe that an apology means that I deserve your forgiveness, but I hope that I can earn your forgiveness through my future actions.”
In her most recent video, she admitted that the resources she will be sharing are some of the resources she has used and plans to continue educating herself in the future. “We all need to educate ourselves and I think everyone here has to start all of this,” she said.
She also encouraged others to join her on her journey of unlearning the racism of the generations – especially those who tried to defend themselves by saying they did nothing wrong.
“If you’re on my comments or defend me somewhere and tell people that I haven’t done anything wrong, that there is nothing to be hurt about, that there is nothing to be angry or offended about, please listen up. This is not our place to tell people what they are and can’t be offended. This is wrong. And that’s part of the problem. So please stop saying I didn’t do anything wrong. That’s not true, “she said. “If you really want to support me then encourage me to do better and encourage the people around you to do better and accept change and allow others to learn and grow because we need to work on it together , if something is going to change. And if you don’t understand that yourself, then go on this journey with me. Just open your heart to learning and to educating about it. “
Kirkconnell also spoke to those who believe that racism is a “purely political” problem, making it clear that it is in fact a “humanitarian problem” that has to do with the way people are treated on a daily basis.
“I just hope that I can earn your forgiveness and grace through my future actions. I’m done waiting for the time to speak and I’m done hiding from it all. And as I said “I’ll be posting some resources on the next few slides and I’ll include a link in my bio,” she concluded. “You will hear more from me in the future.”