Erich Schwer issued an apology after an old yearbook photo showing him wearing a blackface surfaced online.
the bachelorette the favorite shared his statement on September 8 with a photo of a black square. The photo, which started circulating on Reddit a few days before, shows Schwer disguised as jimi hendrix wearing blackface and afro wig.
“I sincerely apologize for the insensitive photo of me in blackface from my high school yearbook that has been circulating,” he wrote on Instagram. “What I thought at the time was a representation of my love for Jimi Hendrix, was nothing but ignorance.”
“I was naïve about the hurtful implications of my actions for the black community and my loved ones, and I will forever regret my offensive and damaging behavior,” the real estate analyst continued. “I am deeply ashamed of my actions and understand that my apology is only the first step in taking responsibility.”