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Rachel Lindsay Will Address Race on ‘The Bachelorette’ Head-On: ‘It’s Something That Should Be Talked About’

Rachel Lindsay is well aware she’s ABC’s first black Bachelorette. During an interview with Entertainment Tonight that was conducted in March, the 31-year-old lawyer revealed she’ll bring up the topic on night one of the show.

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“I always say, it’s something that should be talked about,” Lindsay told ET. “I’m happy to address it. I’m honored to be the first [black Bachelorette].”

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‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay

“With the guys, you know, if it’s something new to them, then I want to talk about it the same way that I [wanted] to talk to Nick about it: ‘Have you ever dated a black woman before?'” she explained of how she’ll proceed on the dating show. “I’ll talk about my experiences as well. You know, it’s about me, too, but I don’t want it to be something that defines our relationship. But I think it’s something important to address.”

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As previously reported, Lindsay was named the season 13 Bachelorette after competing on Nick Viall’s season 21 of The Bachelor. The reality star says she doesn’t have a “type.”

“I don’t just date a specific race,” she told ET. “I date everyone. I’m open to everyone. I’m hoping to see a cast that reflects that as well, and I’ve told [producers] that.”

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Season 13 of The Bachelorette premieres May 22 on ABC. 

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