Photo Credit: Courtesy Misee Harris
One woman wants to give the world its first black Bachelorette -- and we say it's about time. Misee Harris, a 28-year-old pediatric dentist, has launched a social media campaign to get the attention of the ABC reality show and let the network know that not all of the women it selects for the dating competition need to be white.
"Dr. Misee Harris is vying to be the next bachelorette, better yet, the first Black Bachelorette," she writes on her Facebook page. "She is a dentist and presently completing a residency in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Harris is beautiful, intelligent, and a joy to be around!"
How has it taken this long for a campaign like this to actually gain some traction? The Bachelorette has been around for a decade, but all of the show's leading ladies -- from Trista Sutter to Emily Maynard -- have been white. The Bachelor has had a slightly more diverse cast of female contestants, but we want to see the Bachelorette's stars represent the faces of our society. Harris, who appears to be a smart, fun professional, seems like the right person to kick off this trend -- and she has, it turns out, already been invited to participate in The Bachelor.
As she tells The Grio, Harris auditioned for The Bachelor in June 2012 and was eventually invited to be a competing woman on the show. She ultimately decided not to be the season's "token black girl," and chose to start her Bachelorette campaign instead.
“I realized that being the Bachelorette would give me a better opportunity to find love and a stronger platform for all of my creative dreams and charity work,” she says. “It also would allow me to inspire other black women and girls to dream big and know their worth.”
Harris, we are rooting for you. It's about time that a show watched by millions is a little more colorblind. The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have faced racism lawsuits in the past; the show's producers need to get with the times and be more open-minded. Harris has already proven to them that she is a perfect candidate: she's smart, athletic, gorgeous and outreach-friendly. Heck, she goes on medical mission trips to the Appalachian Mountains to provide underprivileged children dental care. How can anyone say no to that?