I've been watching The Bachelor for a long time, so I thought there was no chance that any "historic" announcement would surprise me on After The Final Rose after Monday night's finale, no matter how many times Chris Harrison promised it would be a "historic" night. But this time, I was proven totally wrong. Rachel Lindsay met her first few Bachelorette suitors right on the after show, and after seeing four of her contestants, I have seriously commend her producers. Rachel's Bachelorette season could be the most diverse ever... just as long as the rest of her season matches what we saw on Monday night.
Of course, it's a pretty big deal that Rachel is the Bachelorette to begin with — obviously, she's the first black woman to take on the role in the show's history. But will the diversity of contestants follow suit in breaking the mold? Shows like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are notorious for lacking in diversity among their contestant lineups, but there's already something different about Rachel's dudes. Out of the four men who Rachel met in front of the live audience, two of them were people of color, which is a pretty sweet ratio.
But then, you have to consider the fact that these are just four out of the presumably two dozen guys who will line up to win Rachel's heart. There's a good chance that there will be mostly white men among them.
Since Rachel's season is historic when it comes to the Bachelorette — no, like, actually historic, not just "Chris Harrison historic" — it would be a great time for casting to make her contestant pool more diverse for the first time, too, depending on what Rachel's looking for in a guy. She has been open that she's dated both white and black men in her life. I really want this show to give us what the fans have been asking for for so long... and let's be real: It's 2017. How is this show constantly so white?!
We won't know the lineup for sure until The Bachelorette airs this May, but I'm definitely looking forward to it. Don't let me down, Bachelorette, I'm counting on you.