Rachel Lindsay Breaks Down in Tears Over Racial Tension on 'The Bachelorette'

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Rachel Lindsay has made history as the first black lead in Bachelor Nation history, but with that role comes a lot of pressure. It finally got to her on Monday night's episode of The Bachelorette, especially as maybe-racist contestant Lee Garrett stirred the pot with a couple of his castmates.

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If you've been the show this season, you may have picked up that Lee seems to enjoy instigating tension in the house. Unfortunately, it seems like he especially gets off on stirring the pot with the black contestants on the show, as Dean pointed out:

"The only people that I've seen Lee pick fights with have been not the people that he's used to seeing on a daily basis, from a cultural perspective. You know exactly what I mean when I say that. The longer Lee sticks around, the more everyone will become aware of his intolerance."

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Um, yup, we can totally see that. The episode opened with a contentious confrontation between Lee and Eric at the cocktail party, and moved swiftly into Lee rudely interrupting Kenny's alone time with Rachel.

Kenny tried his best to politely confront Lee about using their "friendship" to "snake" him in front of Rachel, but was goaded by Lee into losing his temper a bit. Lee admitted later that he got off on manipulating a negative response out of Kenny, saying, "I get tickled when I smile at an angry man and he gets angrier."

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Ugh. The whole scene unfortunately happened steps from where Rachel was trying to converse with another contestant, and it understandably stressed her out. She put the cocktail party on pause and confessed to the camera that she feels pressure that many of us can't relate to.

"The pressures that I feel being a black woman and what that is ... I don't want to talk about it," she tearfully shared. "I get pressured from so many different ways being in this position, and I did not want to get into all of this tonight ... I already know what people are going to say about me and judge me for the decisions that I'm making. I'm going to be the one that has to deal with that, and nobody else. And that's a lot."

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With all the drama around Lee, we can't say we weren't surprised when she kept him around at the rose ceremony. Kenny got a rose too, which you know means there's going to be more drama to come between these two.

We'd be lying if we said we didn't agree with Dean when he said, "I just hope Kenny punches Lee in the face." At the very least, we hope that he either starts acting like a grown-up, or we see the last of him very, very soon.

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