Skip to comments.Commentary: A Witness for Trayvon Who Stands Her Ground
Posted on 06/28/2013 8:23:28 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
I must admit, Im kinda feeling Rachel Jeantel.
While watching the proceedings in the George Zimmerman trial in the death of Trayvon Martin, I have found the two days of testimony by the last person to speak with the 17-year-old student to be nothing short of riveting.
Lets be honest. Jeantel is not your average witness. She is a 19-year-old Miami resident who is due to complete high school next year. Her speech mannerisms are utterly urban, about as far from the queens English as one could imagine. And her disposition on the stand ranged from annoyance to sheer antagonism.
Yet, what was incredibly fascinating about watching her on the stand was her clear determination to be herself and to stand firm in presenting her account of the events on the night Trayvon Martin was shot by George Zimmerman in February of last year.
She was peppered with questions by Zimmermans lawyers, who were determined to portray her as a witness with varying accounts and to cast her as being less than credible. But no matter what was thrown at her, she showed a determination to, well, stand her ground.
Jeantel is, of course, a star witness for the prosecution. She testified about the cell phone conversation she had with her close friend Trayvon Martin as he walked from a 7-11 convenience store to the home of his fathers fiancée in a gated apartment complex in Sanford, Florida, one evening. She talked about how her teenaged friend, Trayvon, had talked about his consuming interest in getting to the house and watching the NBA All-Star game.
She maintained that Trayvon was annoyed by the fact that he was being followed by a creepy-a-- cracker, a term he apparently used for Zimmerman and one that was apparently the source of captivation and undue focus by the defense attorneys. She told, in heartbreaking detail, how she heard Trayvon ask Zimmerman why he was following him. She told of the last thing she heard her teenage friend say on the phone, Get off. Get off.
Throughout her time on the stand, the lawyers for Zimmerman sought to find ways to puncture her credibility, often in condescending and pejorative ways. In fact, her time on the stand was so protracted because defense attorney Don West constantly asked her to repeat herself, to talk slowly, as if he were seeking to understand the language of an alien from another planet.
The daughter of Haitian and Dominican immigrants, Jeantels first language was Creole. She later picked up English and has clearly become conversant in the language of urban Miami. But West continued to speak to her as if she were some outlandish extraterrestrial rather than a teenager. He asked her about the expressions used in your culture, as though teenagers of all races dont have their own linguistic idiosyncrasies.
Through it all, Jeantel would not be moved or dissuaded. She made it abundantly plain that she was not impressed with the authority of this lawyer and showed she could volley with the best of them. What are you talking about? she asked West at one point. What are you saying?
Jeantel is a teenager who has been thrust into an extraordinary situation. She is a star witness in one of the most highly watched trials in modern times, testifying about a phone call with a friend who was killed shortly after their telephone conversation. She admitted to feeling guilty about being Trayvons last conversational partner and not knowing how deadly that moment was for him. She never hid who she was or how she felt. Clearly she was reluctant and displeased about being there.
She has already been a highly talked about figure in the world of the Internet, with some finding her appalling and others applauding her (I suspect that how one views her has a great deal to do with one's familiarity with African-American teenagers). Her feelings are readily understandable and it's refreshing to see her resolve to state her perspective, even if it means refusing to kowtow to lawyers questioning her.
She is impressive to me because she never swayed from presenting Trayvon Martin as a young man who was thinking of nothing more sinister than the jump shots he hoped to see on television later that night. It remains to be seen what the jury will do with that information. But for her part, she presented it in a way that was consistent and that did justice to her friend.
Jonathan P. Hicks
is this an episode from who is your daddy
Much like a rhinoceros stands its ground.
Perhaps half of one.
Is it possible that Rachel Jeantel encouraged Tray to assault Zimmerman?
Some how I don’t have the same opinion of this witness. All the talking heads on TV are saying what a great witness she has been. I guess if I could hear “WET GRASS” maybe I could see it their way.
more like mold on a rock that stands its ground.
Is he related to her, there is a resemblance.
The tube of lard looked retarded to be honest, so I don’t know how much help she was for the prosecution. Plus, the defense proved her that she was a liar.
Stands her ground? So what!
What did she really offer? When you strip away all the emotion and agenda she didn’t see anything. She only heard the beginning of the confrontation. That’s it. There was nothing in her testimony that would create reasonable doubt about Zimmermans story. In fact, her testimony could be construed as confirming Zimmermans account. She basically said Martin initiated the confrontation by turning to Zimmerman and asking “what are you following me for?”
I wonder if it had been Zimmerman calling Martin a “creepy-ass nigger” what word would have been censored?
It's so obvious.
How can some people look at a liar and automatically accept the arguement not because it makes sense, but entirely on the basis of the color of her skin? Seems racist to me. Oh, sorry. Right. Can’tbe.
The more I listen to her testimony, the more I felt sorry for her. She was straight forward and seemed to be honest, yet I immediately became aware of her public (government) school education (or lack thereof). It is such a shame that we are producing such inarticulate and uneducated people in our schools.
Actually, in a very real sense she’s closer to 3 of your average witnesses.
Looks like a slippery fellow...
Stands her Ground? Jeantel so big, the Ground stands on HER!
/Will be here all week
/please tip your waitress
I be down
There sure would not have been talk about what a great witness.
>>Is it possible that Rachel Jeantel encouraged Tray to assault Zimmerman?<<
I ax you: Do you *really* think she’s *that* smart?
“Rachel Jeantel egged Little Trayvon into attacking Zimmerman....”
I think you’re spot on.
This is the 3rd essay I’ve read in the past two days that’s excused Jeantel’s piss-poor performance on the witness stand from a PURELY racial point of view. How utterly disgusting, not to mention demeaning, to any citizen of any race who has been through the same ordeal.
Mr. Hicks, the next time you ask why “blacks” are viewed with contempt, READ YOUR OWN DAMN WRITING!
That is a little how I felt listening to the first “DEPO” to the bald guy.
No need to say more. Hicks thinks Trayvon was really getting the Sun Tea and Skittles for a snack too...
I suppose if I changed my story like I changed my underwear I'd have a hard time explaining it all in a court of law too. Dunno if I'd call it "refusing to kowtow"...maybe, "oh crap, they're on to me. Best just STFU."
“Get off” ? Whut ? Given that the thug son-of-a-Crip was on top of Zimmerman beating the crap out of him, why would the thug be telling him to “get off” ?
This is about the fourth article today I’ve seen where a black author is applauding Jeantel’s slang and antagonism as “keepin’ it real”. It’s like these black authors don’t understand the point of a trial witness or they think it’s more important to stick it to the white attorney then it is to endear yourself to the jury. Jeantel is there do one reason and one reason only — to convince the jury that Zimmerman murdered Martin. Potentially alienating the jury by calling defense counsel retarded and glaring at him jeopardizes her only purpose even if she is “keepin’ it real.”
And if these black authors are applauding Jeantel for acting ghetto, then why do they get so upset when white people point out the ghetto-ness they are now applauding?
That’s exactly what happened...that’s why she laid low. Then they tried to concoct a story around her...backfire.
Hicks should be ashamed of himself. He’s applauding that she has no respect for authority and stood her ground against them. That’s the problem with today’s youth... If they had respect, trayvon would be alive today and she wouldn’t be sitting there with her court nails. I wonder how Hicks would react if she were his daughter or DIL.
aaaaand how much story would you have to have to get it AROUND her?!
/I cant stop myself
/Like Rachel at the buffet
Looks like he’s lifting a side to let one rip...
Agreed. And well put.
This sweat hog is 19 years old and still in high school, can barely speak or understand English, tells lies with ease, can’t spell or calculate simple math problems, has a potty mouth, is unable to concentrate for more than 5 seconds, can’t read cursive, has a terrible attitude, is at least 100 pounds overweight (so overweight she can barely walk), has a pound of grease in her “hair” and fake nails that look like claws.
What a wonderful reflection on her parents and the Miami Public School System.
What employer in their right mind would hire her?
I wonder how blacks became so deluded. the successful ones are the worst. all they can do is make excuses. I am Italian and make no excuse for guidos, but am proud of all the college grads in my family. I don’t get it, it’s like they don’t want to move ahead as a group.
Don't kid yourselves.
We have no way of knowing but listening to this liar and simpleton on the stand I imagine they both thought it would be funny to go jump then beat the creepy cracka’s ass while she could hear it on the other end. WorldStar Hip Hop loves these kind of cell phone videos and pics of fights or someone being jumped or knocked out.
She picked up English? No, she picked up ghetto illiteracy, and fanatical anti-white racism. Which kept her in good standing as part of the Democratic base.
Another Barf-worthy article!
Employer? She’ll be on TANF, Section 8, Food Stamps, PROMISE and Government Cheese for life. Out of your pocket. And she is legion.
In 1988 a movie came out by the name “They Live”. It was a minor production and didn’t exactly wow them at the box office but it had a premise that struck a resonant chord with me.
In this SiFi flick “Nada” unwittingly dons a pair of special sunglasses that allows him to see things the rest of us are oblivious to. Hilarity ensues (I wish I was just kidding).
I look at scenes like the GZ trial and see people like Rachel, a borderline personality if I ever saw one, and then read or hear klowns like Jonathan singing her praises and I have to wonder if I’m the only one who sees through her bullsh!t. Or his.
There is nothing attractive, intriguing, alluring, or interesting about this girl. She is crude, feral, belligerent, and likely retarded. She does not know how to function in civil society and furthermore doesn’t give a rats rearend.
I would bet a months salary that he is being anything but sincere, but I’d lose either way. The mere fact that he scribbles this crap should be enough for any normal person to projectile vomit.
I hate it that I can see this madness - I wish that I could tear off the glasses and crush them underfoot and once again see the world of normals - the one I grew up in. Alas, those days are dead and gone.
What? She’s 19 and won’t complete high school until NEXT YEAR??
graduating high school at 20?? she’s an idiot. pure and simple. the perfect example of a liberally controlled education system
fat, dumb and stupid is no way to go through life...
unless you vote democrat. then you’ll be in line for a six figure govt job with a lifetime retirement package after 10-15 years of 30 hr weeks
“...can she even spell the word ground or use it in a sentence?”
Probably too many syllables to keep track of.
Apparently the US blacks have no recognition that they are with the rest of America in the struggle against Islam.
see, what you white ass crackers don’t understand about blacks,....
i’d love for a white person to call them on it. How does any black person know what whites do or don’t understand, they aren’t white. yet they somehow speak with authority on what whites do or don’t know about blacks.