LEGALBEAGLE421, I apologize to you and to anyone else I may have offended by my comments about Rachel. In this instance, it is clear to me now that this is an appropriate time for her to use her platform and speak up about Hannah B.
Let me explain my feelings about Rachel. My positive feelings for her changed at her ATFR. For someone always promoting honesty and transparency, I feel she was cruel to Peter Kraus simply because he was honest and transparent with her. She used her platform at that time to try and make sure he was not the next bachelor, which makes me believe she was not being honest and transparent about her true feelings towards him. I also didn't like her assassination of Raven's character by making their falling out public but refusing to explain why.
I also feel that she allows the franchise to use her. Having her appear and lecture us all after the last Bachelor was irritating, to say the least. This show deliberately encourages nasty and outrageous behavior among the female contestants and then pretends outrage when the women get nasty comments. Rather than jumping at another appearance on the show, I wish Rachel would raise her voice about the direction the franchise is going, particularly in its manipulation of women.
In short, my opinion of Rachel has nothing to do with the color of her skin. In fact, if I had the power to pick the next Bachelorette, it would be Natasha from the last Bachelor. She is beautiful, funny, smart, and outspoken in a positive way. I thoroughly enjoyed all her screen time. I think she would make a great lead.