Rachel Lindsay wants us all to do better.
As Lindsay told her followers, she didn't want to have to speak out on the issue, but felt compelled, especially after reaching out to Brown personally. Lindsay said she was offended by Brown using the word, but wanted to challenge her to use her platform in a "better way."
"'Maybe it was a mistake, maybe they didn't realize the intention behind it,'" Lindsay said she thought to herself upon contacting Brown. Then, she saw Brown's apology on Sunday afternoon. The pageant queen wrote a short statement on her Instagram Story.
"It's easy to make a statement. It's easy to hide behind words, but when you're bold enough to say the N-word on camera, on your platform... then you need be bold enough to use your face on camera and apologize in the same way you said the word," Lindsay shared, adding she was "personally hurt and offended that I gave somebody the opportunity to do that, and it wasn't done."
"We can't give people a pass for this. We have to hold people accountable for what they're doing," she continued.
Lindsay also said she was disheartened to see comments from people telling her to brush off Brown's behavior.
"You should feel disgusted when you say that word. You should feel uncomfortable," Lindsay expressed. "That word has so much weight and history behind it. If you don't know, please do yourself a favor and educate yourself on that word."