Tayshia Adams and Ivan Hall share an intense debate about racism and police brutality.
After Tayshia Adams chose Ivan Hall for a date night on the latest episode of The Bachelorette, it wasn’t long before they began digging deep into their biracial backgrounds.
There aren’t many people like Ivan and I where I grew up, and so I haven’t really had a man my age that’s also of mixed descent to relate to.
The 29-year-old Adams identifies as Mexican and Black, while 28-year-old Hall identifies as Filipino and Black.
Hall stated his younger brother, Gabe, resorted to cocaine and drink and ended up in jail for four years.
Tayshia Adams and Ivan Hall on The Bachelorette.
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His partner, who was freed last year, told the aeronautical engineer about the police abuse he experienced inside the prison.
Hall told Adams:
You can only imagine how much wilder it could be in prison, right? My brother used to tell me stories about how these COs, correctional officers, like, literally beat him up and I felt so bad because my first question was like, ‘Well, Gabe, what did you do?’
But it doesn’t matter. No matter what George Floyd did either way or what my brother did, these people have a job to do and they need to do it right. They can’t just be like hurting people for no reason.
As Hall questioned Adams how police violence had influenced her this year—such as the May killing of 46-year-old George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin—she began tearing up.
Hall said in an interview,
Being Black, especially in this climate, there are things she’s struggling with internally that I could tell she’s really hesitant to say.
Adams moved on to speak up to see if she feels isolated from her friends because of the way she appears.
Being in Orange County surrounded by a lot of people that don’t look like me, being the only person that looks like me, I’m realizing that I’ve been trying so hard my whole life to blend in because I knew I was different.
I just remember hearing people yelling ‘Black Lives Matter’ and I don’t know why I’m even crying — it’s just a lot.
This conversation is hitting me more than I even thought. But like, I didn’t really want to cry about it or open up about it. Hearing people yelling ‘Black Lives Matter,’ it hit me more than I realized, just because those are people in my backyard that I’ve been trying to prove for so long that I’m the same as them.
Hall acknowledged he can completely relate because he faced discrimination during her college days since “there weren’t many Black people.”
Randomly walking down next to my campus and being called the N-word like, randomly by some people. It happens all the time. Happened all the time to me in college.
I remember that. And that’s just not right.
At the end of the day, Hall and Adams felt optimistic for the future and accepted that the deep conversation got them closer together.
We’re both biracial, have Black dads and we have this beautiful love story developing. This is is just so big. This is crazy. This is beautiful. It’s giving me chills, honestly.
Adams concurred as she gave Hall the one-on-one date rose,
I’ve never had this before, someone mixed like me. And 2020 made that happen.
The Bachelorette airs every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.