Rachel Lindsay Cracks Under ‘Pressures’ of Being First Black Bachelorette as Accusations of Racial Targeting Fly – PEOPLE.com


We’re back, Bachelor Nation. On Monday night, The Bachelorette returned after a two-week hiatus — and it’s safe to say the men wasted no time getting right back into their messy drama.


Things picked up right where we left off at the last cocktail party: in the middle of a big fat confrontation between Eric and Lee — you know, this Lee. All you need to know about Lee for the purpose of this recap is that he is a master manipulator and openly relishes winding up the other men in the house.

Swiftly following his fight with Eric, Lee — who had already had his time with Rachel that night — strolled over to interrupt Rachel and Kenny’s one-on-one time. At this point, the other guys were starting to pick up on Lee’s relentless dedication to stirring the pot, and they weren’t pleased about it. In particular, Dean brought up the fact that Lee only seemed to be instigating drama with some of the other guys in the house — namely, Eric and Kenny, who are both African-American.

“The only people that I’ve seen Lee pick fights with have been not the people that he’s used to seeing on a daily basis, from a cultural perspective. You know exactly what I mean when I say that,” said Dean. “The longer Lee sticks around, the more everyone will become aware of his intolerance.”

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Shortly afterwards, Kenny took Lee aside to confront him about having interrupted him, claiming that Lee took advantage of their “friendship” to “snake” him for more time with Rachel. Lee, being the highly skilled puppet master that he is, knew just what to say (or not say) to frustrate Kenny even more, and Kenny took the bait.

The confrontation escalated as Kenny began raising his voice, and Rachel, who was just steps away mid-conversation with another contestant, ended up overhearing some of it. As for Lee? Well, he couldn’t have been more pleased with himself.

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