Black Contestants on The Bachelor and Bachelorette Reveal What It Was Like Being ‘the Token’

Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele
One of the casts of ABC’s The Bachelor

Fusion rounded up most of the black people who were contestants on ABC's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to find out what it was like being one of a handful of black people—if not the only black person—in a particular season of the two popular ABC reality shows about finding love.

Another black man had a moment during filming when he told someone that if he was on the show to fill a diversity quota, he wanted out.


"Knowing that I'm the only woman of color on the show, and knowing that cameras are rolling, you do feel like, 'I don't want to let people down. I don't want to come across as this bitter, angry black woman that people seem to think that we are.' So you swallow a lot," season 12's Marshana Ritchie said.

You can read each of the black contestants' experiences in their own words at Fusion.

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Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.

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