‘The Bachelorette’ Season 18 Finale Preview: Michelle, Nayte, Brandon

Michelle Young is not the first black Bachelorette. But after 18 seasons, she was the first female lead on ABC’s reality show to have two black/biracial men as her eventual competitors.

While this is a late turn for a TV franchise that has been and continues to struggle for race, inclusion, and diversity, as Young has said many times before, it’s even more important that her choices reflect an entire world full of people who look like her and finalists. Knight Olukoya and Brandon Jones.

Young has also stated in several interviews that she had no intention of making history. Instead, she chose the men with whom she had the strongest relationships, and when she chose the man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with on Tuesday 8/7c, he would be black or biracial.

However, Young’s choices are reassuring to some black viewers who are beginning to wonder if it will be BSC and introduced his sister, the bachelorette, I intentionally created scenarios in which the strongest romantic contenders for the only black shows – Rachel Lindsay, Taisha Adams, and Matt James – weren’t black.

Intentionally or unintentionally, it definitely sends the message that black romantic threads are only viable and worthy of an audience if they choose someone who doesn’t share their heritage, while white stars in the franchise choose white soulmates all the time because they have a greater pool to choose from. This type of consistent and hard-to-ignore message can diminish the cultural identity of people who see and want to see love between two people who share ethnic and cultural backgrounds and experiences.

Young’s sweet, heart-wrenching poem about often feeling like a “symbolic black girl” who grew up in a predominantly white suburb of Minneapolis said the same thing and included a line about being, “the girl who was recently chosen to prom but first for basketball.”

Meanwhile, Olukoya celebrated returning to his historical show of inclusion when he was one of Young’s four other black/biracial fiancés.

“I know this is not an earth disturbing historical event,” he wrote on Instagram. “But I can’t help but think about my experience growing up in Canada. I grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood, went to predominantly white schools, and was raised by my mom and her side of the family. I didn’t see many people who looked like me. And when I did, it was Basically on TV. And many of us know how people who look like me are portrayed on TV.”

Bachelorette Michelle YoungSay what you will about this being a silly reality show, but no one wants to be tolerated when it comes to romance. And love is an emotion and an act that everyone, regardless of their race and ethnic background, should cherish and enjoy.

Nice to see the producers behind them The bachelorette Finally got the memo on that too.

What do you think of Michelle and her potential buddies Nate and Brandon? Does it matter that they are all black/biracial, or isn’t it a big deal? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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