BACHELOR contestant Rachael Kirkconnell has come under fire for her social media history, including a photo she posted wearing an antebellum-style dress.
Rachael is originally from Cumming, Georgia, and "is a southern sweetheart with a close-knit family," according to her Bachelor bio.
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What is the antebellum photo of Rachael Kirkconnell?
Rachael faced backlash earlier this month for attending an “antebellum plantation-themed ball” at Georgia College & State University, thrown by the college fraternity, Kappa Alpha.
Kappa Alpha has been criticized as "racist” due to its embrace of Confederate General Robert E. Lee as its “spiritual leader.”
The Southern fraternity throws their annual bash during “Old South Week” – a popular event that has previously been held on plantations and used Confederate flags for decoration.
Rachael's cousin Anastasia exclusively spoke to The Sun, insisting she is "not racist" – but admitted the photos are "hard to defend".
Rachael has been facing death threats since the scandal broke and her parents are in a "terrible mental place", a source told The Sun.
Why else is Rachael facing backlash?
Rachael was also alleged to have liked racist social media posts in the past.
One snap that she had liked shows two Caucasian women dressed in a hula outfit posing in front a Confederate flag.
Another displays a trio of ladies proudly posing in traditional Mexican ponchos and sombreros while donning large fake mustaches.
Rachael's mother has come to her daughter's defense after TikTok user named Maddy Bierster accused Kirkconnell of bullying her in high school for "liking black guys."
What is the Antebellum South?
The Antebellum South was a period in the history of the southern United States from the late 18th century until the start of the American Civil War in 1861,
The development of separate northern and southern economies, westward expansion of the nation, and a spirit of reform marked the era.
Wealthy southern planters wielded most of the economic and political power of the country.
During the antebellum years, the "elite class" created their own societal standards "defining ideals of southern white manhood and womanhood and shaping the culture of the south."
Enslaved African people made up a large portion of the southern population during this time.
Other allegations were also made against Kirkconnell on a Reddit thread.
“She went to another high school," mom Kim Kirkconnell told @bachelornationscoop, referring to Bierster.
"She made all of this up for your attention.Rachael never bullied that girl for liking black men."
"It is simply not true; she even changed her story later to say it was Rachael’s friend group but doesn’t say who. She had lots of friends, so it’s difficult to clear something up without facts.
Will she appear on the Women Tell All episode?
Bachelor host Chris Harrison explained that Rachael didn't make an appearance at the Women Tell All – but insisted she will "have her time to speak".
He made the admission when former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay confronted him over the controversy surrounding Rachael.
“We will talk about it, on the ‘Woman Tell All’ we do get into it… Rachael was not there so we didn’t get into the Rachael of it all," he told Extra TV.
He added: "But Rachael will have her time to speak. Hopefully I will be there to have that debate with her and I will push her.
"I don’t think the show needs to speak before Rachael does."
Chris also urged viewers to show Rachael "a little grace, understanding and compassion".
"I have seen some stuff online, again, this judge, jury, executioner thing where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart," he said.
"Until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say any of this. I saw a picture of her at a sorority party five years ago that’s it.”
The longtime host of the franchise came under fire for his comments with former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay about the Matt James frontrunners current “racist” scandal.
Rachael, who has been a favorite all season, may have missed the Women Tell All as it's possible she ends up in Matt James' top three.
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