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Erich Schwer apologizes after being called out for a blackface photo

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Bachelor finalist Erich Schwer issues an apology after facing backlash over a yearbook photo of him wearing blackface.

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Erich Schwer responds after being upset over a school blackface photo

Erich Schwer has recently become a hot topic on social media after a few controversial photos of him in high school started to surface on the internet.

A Reddit user most recently shared a traditional yearbook photo of Schwer wearing blackface.

Also in the image, Schwer wore an Afro wig and combined them with dark colored makeup on his face. He was sporting a colorful shirt.

Schwer drew the yearbook photo with a quote that read, ‘It was swell.’

However, the 29-year-old real estate analyst quickly drew tons of criticism from social media users.

However, Schwer took to Instagram to apologize for his actions on Thursday afternoon. He shared an image of a blank black square.

Schwer captioned the post with a caption that read, ‘I sincerely apologize for my insensitive photo in Blackface from my high school yearbook that has been circulating.

He added, ‘What I thought at the time was a representation of my love for Jimi Hendrix, it was nothing but ignorance.’

Schwer also wrote, ‘I was naive to the harmful implications of my actions for the Black community and those closest to me. I will forever regret my offensive and harmful behaviour.’

He concluded the message with, ‘I am deeply ashamed of my actions and understand that my apology is only the first step in taking responsibility.’

Social media users react to Erich Schwer’s apology

Many fans praised Erich Schwer for publicly apologizing for his mistake. They took to the comments section of his post to show their appreciation.

One fan said, ‘All it takes is admission and repentance. Keep it up, keep getting better!’

What’s more, someone else told him, ‘The best thing you can do now is just show you mean what you say about taking responsibility. That’s the correct way to apologize. I wish you luck.’

However, despite Schwer’s apology, many users were still not happy as they continued to weigh in on the blackface image.

A user wrote, ‘I get that Erich apologized for his high school blackface. But let’s be honest if that photo had never resurfaced he would never have apologised.’

A different user commented, “bachelor will be a joke if they bring up Nate and his two friends and not Erich doing blackface on YEARBOOK.”

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