If you, like me, have never watched The Bachelor and are still a little unclear on what exactly it is, and are sure only that, whatever it is, it’s certainly entertainment for people with IQs not much higher than that of, say, a squid, then you may have missed the latest controversy surrounding the show. I bring it to your attention now, as it was brought to mine, only because it is so perfectly emblematic of our culture generally.
Rachael Kirkconnell is a contestant on the latest season of the reality show, vying for the heart of one Matt James. It should be noted that Matt James is a black man. His race ought not be relevant, but the “racial progress” of the last several years means that race is always made to be relevant even when it shouldn’t be. It came out recently that Rachael, who is competing to marry a black man, has a history of allegedly