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Dr. Misee Harris, a 28-year-old pediatric dentist and Tennessee native, is campaigning to become the first black bachelorette on the reality dating show, according to NBC’s The Grio.
In June of last year, Harris was chosen to be a contestant on “The Bachelor” but decided to set her sights higher.
â€œI realized that being the bachelorette would give me a better opportunity to find love and a stronger platform for all of my creative dreams and charity work,â€ she told The Grio. â€œIt also would allow me to inspire other black women and girls to dream big and know their worth.â€
After 25 seasons on the air, ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” have yet to feature a non-white bachelor or bachelorette. Accusations of racism against the shows have been circulating for years and peaked when two prospective contestants filed a lawsuit against the shows’ producers last April. The claimants alleged they were rejected because of the color of their skin.
When asked if there will ever be a non-white bachelor or bachelorette, producer Mike Fleiss previously said that people of color just “don’t come forward.