Hannah Brown via Instagram

Hannah Brown Speaks Out Again Regarding N-Word Scandal, Says ‘Do Not Defend Me’

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Former Bachelorette and Dancing With the Stars winner Hannah Brown has been under fire. She has been facing tons of criticism for her improper use of N-word while singing on Instagram. Hannah initially apologized, then apologized again in writing. Many thought her apology wasn’t sincere and needed to be better. She is speaking out again and making another attempt at apologizing to her followers and the world. This comes at a time when the country is going through a difficult time following the death of George Floyd.

Hannah makes another apology

The Alabama native went to Instagram to share another attempt at apologizing. The first round of apologies were not received well, especially by fellow Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay. In the 18 minute post, Hannah talks about all the ways she is sorry. She captioned the video saying, “from my heart, I’m sorry.”

The mishap occurred when Hannah was trying to recall TikTok dance moves to DaBaby‘s “Rockstar” during an Instagram Live on May 16. She admits she was intoxicated and didn’t realize at first she had said the N-word. Her first apology was written on Instagram after fellow Bachelor alums spoke out against her. Fans didn’t see this as sincere.

She went dark on social media following the incident. Today she clarifies why. Hannah said her statement was not meant to be the end of the conversation. Instead she shared that she hired an educator to teach her the history behind this racial slur. She also says she has been been doing a lot of reading, journaling and praying.

What she said in her video

The video follows a quote Hannah shared on Instagram. See the post below. She felt this quote went with what she is trying to say to her followers.

Hannah said, “I don’t want to be ignorant anymore,” Brown said. “I don’t want to be an ignorant white girl who uses the N-word. But I also don’t want be someone who goes on their platform intoxicated and engages with their platform that way. … I have learned that there are things that I cannot say. …There is so much more historical context that I didn’t know that makes it so much more inappropriate.”

She also continued on thanking everyone for support. However, she also said, “But if you want to support me, do not defend me. What I did and what i said was indefensible. Do not send hateful messages to people who are holding me accountable. … Go on this journey with me. Take the resources that I have and let’s go on this journey together. … I am no longer ignorant and I am no longer going to be part of the problem.”

Jamie Colclasure

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