'The Bachelorette' New Season in Black and White

3/17/2017 6:43 AM PDT

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"The Bachelorette" will offer Rachel Lindsay clear choices ... if race is a factor.

The photo was snapped behind the scenes on the first night of taping, showing about 14 contestants, and there is a mix ... but looks like she's trending black.

It's pretty clear from the finale of "The Bachelor" ... producers are going to make race a central story line ... looks like mission accomplished.