Olumide Onajide
Olumide Onajide will get susceptible in a full unfold about being a Black man. Pic credit score: @kingolu30/Instagram

Olumide Onajide appeared on The Bachelorette Season 18 with Michelle Younger.

He not too long ago addressed his expertise with the present, particularly from the attitude of being a dark-skinned Black man. 

Michelle Younger’s season made historical past by having the primary remaining 4 to ever consist solely of males of colour. 

Michelle and Nayte additionally turn out to be the second Black couple in The Bachelor franchise historical past to get engaged, following the since-broken up Bachelor in Paradise Season 7 couple Riley Christian and Maurissa Gunn. 

Whereas viewers celebrated these steps ahead, there may be additionally an consciousness that the franchise nonetheless has a protracted approach to go after a protracted and storied previous of improperly dealing with variety. 

Olu skilled racially-charged and insensitive feedback throughout his time on the present, and author James R. Sanders wrote a full unfold about Olu’s expertise and The Bachelorette’s “Black agenda.” 

Olumide Onajide took to Instagram to share a snapshot from his full unfold with Sheen Magazine. 

The article written by James R. Sanders was titled The Bachelorette’s Black Agenda.

The tense rose ceremony the place Olu was eradicated earlier than making the ultimate 4 was described, and it was famous how the ultimate 4 have been all biracial males with lighter complexions than Olu.  

Sanders declared Olu’s presence on The Bachelor a victory even when he didn’t win Michelle Younger’s remaining rose. 

Olu additionally defined that he auditioned for The Bachelorette after feeling “bored with courting and never discovering love.” 

Talking on the microaggressions Olu skilled on the present, the unfold referenced when contestant Chris Sutton accused Olu of getting a low IQ regardless of his many mental accomplishments. 

There was additionally point out of The Bachelorette host Kaitlyn Bristowe who remarked, “he’s so scary,” when Olu confronted Chris in regards to the IQ feedback on the Males Inform All. 

Sharing an instance of the web’s response to Kaitlyn’s phrases, a commenter was quoted calling her comment “disgusting” since Olu was not being threatening or aggressive. 

Olumide Onajide opened up about being a dark-skinned man on tv 

When talking about being a Black man on TV, Olu expressed that the expertise “was scary as a result of on this business, we’re not protected and I used to be conscious of that. I knew it was a threat. In the end I knew as a Black man on TV it was my obligation to signify and make my individuals look good.”

Olu concluded, “It was an honor. However make no mistake about it, Blacks are essentially the most feared race on this planet. It’s a hidden kind of genocide.” 

Within the unfold, Olu was additionally requested about rising up and what he was taught about his complexion. 

Olu shared that his mother and father taught him that his complexion was “a blessing and a curse. It’s a curse as a result of we’re essentially the most feared on this planet and should work 100 occasions more durable than anybody else. It’s a blessing as a result of nobody is extra gifted, extra gifted, extra introduced than we.” 

The Bachelorette airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on ABC. 

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