Skip to comments.Tom Joyner Offers to Pay Education Costs for Trayvon Martin Friend Jeantel
Posted on 07/22/2013 5:54:24 AM PDT by YourAdHere
Trayvon Martins friend Rachel Jeantel will enjoy a full ride to any historically black college or university of her choosing thanks to radio personality, philanthropist, and media executive Tom Joyner.
The 63-year-old made an offer to pay for all of Jeantels education needs on open air July 16, and the 19-year-old accepted in an interview on HLN the following day.
If theres something that I can help her dothat she wants to doI want to help, Joyner said during a phone interview with Jeantel and her attorney, Rod Vereen, during The Tom Joyner Show.
Joyner made the offer after viewing Jeantels July 15 interview with Piers Morgan, during which Morgan asked Jeantel what she and Trayvon Martin were talking about in the numerous conversations they had during his last day of life, Feb. 26, 2012.
When Jeantel said the two had been talking about what they wanted to do in the future, Joyner noticed that Morgan gave no follow up questions as to what the teen actually plans to do with her life.
During her two days testifying in the George Zimmerman murder trial, Jeantel was scrutinized and pummeled by defense attorneys, news outlets, and social media for her communication skills and her attitude during her testimony about her friendship and final phone calls with the late Trayvon Martin.
Jeantel was the voice on the other end of the phone just minutes before Zimmerman, 29, shot Martin, 17. And though the tri-lingual teen did clarify within her first two minutes on the stand that her father is from the Dominican Republic and mother is Haitian, she was still deemed ignorant and uneducated for not having complete mastery of English, her third language, despite other full-blooded American witnesses misspeaking as well.
You have touched me, Joyner told Jeantel, before offering her a college education which she says will be connected in some way to the criminal justice system. If you want to do that, I want to help you do that. I will help you get tutors to help you get out of high school, tutors to help you pass the SAT and I will give you a full ride scholarship to any HBCU you like.
There are a total of 105 HBCU campuses in the United States of America, and one located in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Having been pilloried and ridiculed in the national media, Ms. Jeantel will be able to realize her educational aspirations in a welcoming and supportive environment, while sharing the richness of her Haitian Creole, Spanish, American tri-cultural, tri-lingual background, Lezli Baskerville, president and CEO of the National Association for Equal Opportunity, said in a statement.
While a number of HBCUs would serve her well, off of the top of my head, I would suggest that Ms. Jeantel consider Southern University New Orleans(SUNO) because of the French Creole culture in New Orleans, and because SUNO has one of the nation's leading criminal justice programs, the field of study she desires to pursue, Baskerville said.
yeah I don’t imagine she will want to take this on, not cool
If she does go the only thing she will get on her test papers is drool.
Does Harvard offer a bachelor’s degree in cursive writing?
She’ll bankrupt the man!
I imagine all the lib professors will pencil whip her grades, and she’ll be handed a diploma she can’t read.
The tax payers in Florida already paid for her education. That did a lot of good didn’t it?
How about a more realistic goal, - - like an elementary education first??
Tom might want to pay for some remedial elementary school and high school education first. His investment is not likely to produce the results intended by college studies. First, one needs to know how to read, write and do basic math. None of these were demonstrated on the witness stand.
She needs all the education she can get.
HBCU = "Historically Black College/University"
Can I play the race card here?
He’ll go broke in two years.............
Great! Send her to IU....Imbecile University.
Do any educational institute offer an Elementary School GED?
The dipstick writer of this heartstrings drivel must have been watching a different trial than I.
I watched the entire testimony of this budding brain surgeon-ette and saw how she was treated with kid gloves and probing-but-polite questions by the defense.
And, of course, anyone on a witness stand is "scrutinized"....that's why they're on the stand in the first place.
I think everyone who watched her obnoxious shenanigans and arrogant disrespect for our legal system wanted to stick a fist through the TV and slap her upside the face.
The whole re-telling of the Trayvon case has taken on a fictitious, almost mythological life of its own.....and the idiot "journalist" above and his ilk just add to the revisionism.
Hope it makes him feel good, although a scholarship for a deserving kid would be better.
Why stop with Jeantel, Tom? There are millions like her all over the country.