Rachel¡¯s older sister¡¯s husband, who¡¯s white, says, ¡°I can¡¯t help but notice you are a white.¡± He asks Nick if he¡¯s dated a black woman before. Nick says he¡¯s been on dates with black women, but never seriously dated one. He also says he realizes Rachel is black, but that he likes her for who she is as Rachel.
One of Rachel¡¯s sisters says to the camera, ¡°At the same time, as nice as that sounds, right now with this climate that we¡¯re in, I feel like we¡¯ve seen more racism come out, and he needs to be aware.¡±
To be serious for a second: I think this is the first time I¡¯ve seen ABC devote time to a political reality outside of the bubble of their reality shows ¡ª someone on Twitter said that this episode was filmed the week after the election. Again, it¡¯s a low bar that an honest conversation about race on The Bachelor has me flabbergasted, but it feels like a step in the right direction.
Nick tells Rachel¡¯s mom how much he likes Rachel, and after making sure Nick is aware that race cannot be ignored, Rachel¡¯s mom seems to be OK with him dating her daughter.
¡°It¡¯s still a short time,¡± she says to Rachel, ¡°But I like what I see with Nick. So far he seems comfortable. What attracted me to your dad was that he knew who he was and where he was going. He was very self-assured. Confident. And that¡¯s what I see in Nick.¡±
Game Youth Victor Cruz Jersey ¡°That¡¯s a huge statement,¡± Rachel says to the camera. She is jazzed, and her smile makes me feel like maybe there¡¯s some good left in the world.
So, her sister and her mother are both like, ¡°Girl, what you doing?¡± And then her mom says something very moving to the camera:
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¡°I don¡¯t want to go through [Vanessa getting her heart broken] again because it¡¯s tough for me too.¡±
My mom texts me, ¡°smart mom¡± as Vanessa¡¯s mom speaks. Then she texts me, ¡°The dog ate all the dental floss.¡±
Everyone is either crying or very unhappy in Montreal. This is painful. But we¡¯re off to meet Vanessa¡¯s dad and his family, so maybe that¡¯ll go better.