After 24 seasons, will The Bachelor finally star someone who isn’t white?

ABC’s The Bachelor is well-known for a lot of things, but diversity is not one of them: The show has never had a person of color in its title role in 24 seasons. That’s horrendous, but it may change.

Lamar Hurd, who owns a Portland-based basketball school for kids and is an analyst for Fox Sports Northwest’ college basketball coverage is meeting with ABC today, according to his publicist, who has started a campaign to get him on the show. She created a Twitter account, @1stblkbachelor, and last night tweeted, “I have a feeling that America is going to see ALOT more of [Lamar Hurd].”

She may be referencing the fact that as EW reports, “Lamar Hurd’s assistant Tammie … tells EW that Hurd now has a meeting with ABC on Monday,” apparently following attention that his campaign got late last week.

Whether or not he’s cast, it is absolutely time for ABC to stop its ridiculous parade of white people, both in the lead role and in the groups of men and women who date the bachelor and bachelorette.

Here’s Lamar’s audition video:

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 37, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.