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Hannah Brown is breaking her silence and showing her support for the Black Lives Matter movement by using social media to raise awareness for racial injustice.
“Using my account to amplify resources, messages, petitions, donations, videos,” she wrote on her Instagram stories Wednesday, including the hashtag #AmplifyMelanatedVoice.
This comes after nearly two weeks of silence on social media after she used the N-word while rapping DaBaby’s “Rockstar” in an Instagram Live. Brown, who said she was intoxicated during the live, initially denied using the racial slur. She later released a statement apologizing and went live on Instagram Saturday to further apologize.
“If I wanted to be my sincerest self, I had to put in some work and I had to go through a process. I think that’s why people are like, ‘Why now? Why did it take me so long?’” she explained.
Brown explained she took the two weeks out of the public eye to reflect, pray and learn through hiring an educator to teach her and help facilitate conversations about racial issues.
“What I did, I didn’t want it to go away. What I did was something extremely serious and I did not want to continue repeating this long history of white people not taking accountability and responsibility for their actions when people of color, black people, call them out on their behavior. That is something I do not want to be a part of.”
Brown’s use of the N-word drew criticism online from fans and members of Bachelor Nation, including from former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay. While some of her fans were quick to come to her defense, Brown encouraged them not to.
“If you want to support me, do not defend me,” Brown said in her apology video. “What I did, what I said, was indefensible. And do not send hateful messages to people who are holding me accountable. If you want to support me, then just continue to encourage me to be better and go on this journey with me.”
Brown continues to update her Instagram with educational resources, petitions, and organizations accepting donations for racial justice efforts. As she ended her Instagram Live apology, she promised to “be better” moving forward.
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