In the 24 hours that the trial of the murder of 17 year old Florida resident Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman over a year ago, it seems as if the severity of this situation has played back-end to ridicule and insults on the only witness that was in communication with Trayvon moments before he was confronted. I personally believe this attack on Rachel Jeantel’s morals, appearance, attitude and character extremely uncalled for. The fact that she’s been able to hold her resolve and present the story the murder of her deceased friend from her is already admirable enough. Nevertheless, she’s been subjected to scorn from several social media users who have steadily been following this trial as this topic has become trending around the world .
“Rachel Jeantel : ‘I don't read cursive so good.’....well done little hoodling, get off the stand before I lose my mind #zimmermantrial”
“I thought about starting the Rachel Jeantel drinking game every time she says "yes sir" but we would all be drunk by lunch. #zimmermantrial”
“Watching Zimmerman trial. Think witness Rachel Jeantel rather be home watching Rikki Lake. #Zimmermantrial”
When will the Twitterverse realize the severity of this case? The way she wears her hair and how many times she says “yes sir” is irrelevant. The only thing that truly matters is her story, which is pretty creditable. She stated that Trayvon was actively trying to get away from Zimmerman before getting into the altercation with him.
You can even tell that the defense grabbing for straws because of the fact they went on for about thirty minutes about if she said could or could not during an audio interview where she was going over what happened that infamous night. They’re even stop questioning Rachel about what happened on that call and started grilling her on language, racial bias, and if Trayvon and her other peers regularly use terms such as “cracka” and the n-word. What does all of this truly have to do with the fact that Zimmerman shot and killed this unarmed teenage boy?
Nationally renowned attorney and one of my favorite radio personalities Warren Ballentine brought up a good point on his Facebook. If Rachael Jeantel was an attractive, petite, light skinned, long straitened hair having 19-year old girl, would she have been treated differently by the users of Twitter and Facebook who just had such a problem with their testimony? A lot of the comments on the social media websites were racially charged and primarily by other young black women. The self-hate complex of this generation (my generation) has reared its ugly head again.
The NewsOne Page shared my same sentiments:
“From Derrick Jaxn's Facebook page:
I wrote an article about Paula Deen's use of the N-word and how white people are losing regard for our painful past but after watching the George Zimmerman trial, I deleted it.
Trayvon Martin's friend, Rachel Jeantel, was mocked and ridiculed yesterday via social media, and from what I could see, 99% of it was from her own race. She's only 19 years old, under more pressure than any of us could imagine, and was involved in a tragic situation of being the last to talk to her friend who was killed shortly thereafter. Instead of embracing her, we make jokes about her weight, her public speaking, and of ALL things....her color.
We can't hold white people to a higher standard of respecting black people than we hold ourselves. We can't punish them for hating us and "holding us back" while leading by example and showing them how it's done. There's by FAR more black people that hate black people than there are white people who hate black people. We show it by the self-ha
tred we project on those like Rachel Jeantel in times like these.
But this isn't new. We did the same with Gabby Douglas when her "ponytail was undone" as she won gold medals. Remember?
I'm not saying I ever excuse the acts of racist people vs. blacks. I just want us all to be aware that we're DARING them to do the very thing we are DEMONSTRATING.
The worst thing about all this is, those that need to hear this message, probably won't.”
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