‘Bachelorette’s Rachel Lindsay returns to Instagram with empowering message after racism controversy

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“Bachelorette” star Rachel Lindsay has returned to Instagram.

After deactivating her official page, the 35-year-old, who was the first Black Bachelorette, posted several inspirational messages.

Alongside a photo of sunflowers on a table, she captioned her post: “I want to be like a sunflower so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight.' 🌻🌻🌻.”

The star also shared a video and photo from her adventure as she hiked for the first time in Los Angeles with the message “Good vibes only.”

In February, “Bachelorette” star Becca Kufrin supported her friend Lindsay.

Kufrin posted a statement supporting Lindsay after she deactivated her Instagram account. Lindsay experienced harassment following the ongoing controversy about racism within the “Bachelor” franchise.

"I've said this privately but I'll say it publicly as well because it's an important issue that needs addressing," Kufrin said. "To Rachel Lindsay: I love you, I stand by you and I support you in whatever way, shape or form that's needed."

"We live in a world where online toxicity, racism, racial insensitivity & ignorance, bullying and cruelty have become a norm. This is simply not okay," Kufrin added. "For the keyboard warriors, get a clue. Channel that energy for actual positive change. For those with type-happy fingers or think it's okay to spew hatred on social channels need to begin to recognize other people's humanity and realize that words have weight. Think about the impact that they can leave for the person on the receiving end."

Last month, Lindsay revealed how she felt after longtime “Bachelor” franchise host Chris Harrison announced that he would be temporarily “stepping aside."

Lindsay called out Harrison for his comments about contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s past racist actions. During an interview with Lindsay, Harrison said everyone should have “a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion" for Kirkconnell, who was seen in photos depicting racist themes.

While talking to “Extra” host Billy Bush, Lindsay said she thinks it was the “right decision” for Harrison to step aside from being the host for the time being.

The 35-year-old star also expressed how she was “stunned” after her shocking interview with Harrison.

Harrison announced that he’ll be taking a break from his hosting duties on “The Bachelor” and apologized for the “pain my words have caused.”

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