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  • Legislation would require cursive writing in schools

    03/26/2016 1:26:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 56 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — Insisting it's good from everything from civics to brain development, state lawmakers want to require students to know how to read and write in cursive. Legislation on the desk of Gov. Doug Ducey would mandate that schools include cursive reading and writing in their curriculum. Specifically, students would have to show by the end of fifth grade they are "able to create readable documents through legible cursive handwriting.'' But, unlike a requirement that students know how to read by the end of the third grade, there is nothing in the law that says students who can't display that...
  • Rachel Jeantel Talks Life After Trial, Says “With What I Know Now, I Would Have Done A Better Job”

    08/11/2014 5:50:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Madame Noire ^ | August 11, 2014 | Lauren R.D. Fox
    Last year, George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. But before that decision was handed down the public got the chance to hear from the young woman who was the last person to speak with Trayvon before he died, his friend Rachel Jeantel. As she testified during the case, Rachel became a public figure as the media and audiences bullied her with harsh criticisms and unfair labels. As a result of the humiliating ordeal, Rachel received an overwhelming amount of support to better her own needs and accomplish her dreams as a young woman. Now, just one year...
  • Trayvon Martin friend Rachel Jeantel, who was humiliated during Zimmerman trial, turns life around

    07/14/2014 8:31:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | July 14, 2014 | David Boroff
    One year after being outed as illiterate in the trial, Jeantel is a changed woman after graduating from high school. She hopes to get a college degree, too.She did it for Trayvon. One year after being outed as illiterate in the George Zimmerman murder trial, Trayvon Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel is a changed woman after graduating from high school. Jeantel underwent seven hours of tutoring a day after her reading skills were ridiculed when she testified during the Florida trial last year at age 19. At the time, she had a fourth-grade reading level. "Very, very, very tough," she told...
  • Rachel Jeantel Blames Herself for Letting George Zimmerman Walk Free

    07/12/2014 11:01:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 12, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    It’s been just over a year since the world was introduced to Rachel Jeantel, the friend of Trayvon Martin’s who testified on behalf of the prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial, but may have ended up doing more harm than good. CNN caught up with Jeantel this week, asking her if she blamed herself when Zimmerman went free. “A little bit,” she replied. Asked if she should have said something different or acted differently on the stand, she answered, “Act different.” Jeantel said the jurors in the case didn’t take her seriously as a witness, judging her for...
  • Rachel Jeantel: “I’m still standing.”

    06/23/2014 3:51:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    District Chronicles ^ | June 23, 2014 | Jazelle Hunt
    As Rachel Jeantel’s high school graduation neared, she reminded herself of the promise she was keeping. Her slain friend, Trayvon Martin, would have wanted her to finish school, and she had promised his parents and other supporters that she would do it. And she did. The world met Jeantel during the investigation of Martin’s murder. It was disclosed that she was the last person to speak to him before he was killed by George Zimmerman. Over the course of two days, she testified as a key witness in the trial, withstanding questioning that lasted for six hours. She faced a...
  • What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

    06/02/2014 9:24:43 PM PDT · by windcliff · 36 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6-2-14 | MARIA KONNIKOVA
    Does handwriting matter? Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard. But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep. Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate...
  • Should students learn cursive? Some states say yes

    11/14/2013 9:22:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 14, 2013 12:39 PM EST | Julie Carr Smyth
    The swirling lines from Linden Bateman’s pen have been conscripted into a national fight to keep cursive writing in American classrooms. Cursive. Penmanship. Handwriting. In years gone by, it helped distinguish the literate from the illiterate.But now, in the digital age, people are increasingly communicating by computer and smartphone. No handwritten signature necessary. Call it a sign of the times. When the new Common Core educational standards were crafted, penmanship classes were dropped. But at least seven of the 45 states that adopted the standards are fighting to restore the cursive instruction. …
  • Rachel Jeantel's Language is English — It's Just Not Your English

    08/06/2013 12:04:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 110 replies
    PolicyMic ^ | July 3, 2013 | Marina Bolotnikova
    Last week, Don West, defense attorney in the George Zimmerman murder trial, asked friend of Trayvon Martin and case witness Rachel Jeantel a strange question. “Are you claiming in any way that you don’t understand English?” he inquired, though she had been answering his questions in fluent English throughout much of the previous day. Jeantel, who was born and raised in Miami, insisted that she did, but West wasn’t convinced. He asked her once more whether perhaps, because her first language was Creole (transmitted to her by her Haitian mother), she had any trouble understanding English. West was not...
  • Learning from Rachel Jeantel

    08/03/2013 3:29:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 3, 2013 | Leann Horrocks
    To quote Nancy Pelosi, we can now see what's in the Zimmerman-Martin case "without the fog of the controversy". I think the biggest lesson to be learned was from Rachel Jeantel, a friend of Trayvon Martin that testified at the trial. Rachel Jeantel has just had her 15 minutes. Predictable packaged responses full of defensive fury were covered very well by Thomas Lifson's AT article. The left has exhausted her value by attacking and chiding all white people about the racist thoughts they have decided we are feeling. They skipped the fact-gathering and evidence stage and went right for the...
  • Rick Ross' 'I Wonder Why' References Controversial Stand Your Ground Law

    07/29/2013 1:56:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    MTV's Rap Fix ^ | July 29, 2013 | Sowmya Krishnamurthy
    Rick Ross dropped a new song today, "I Wonder Why," in which he ponders his life. On the track, Ross wonders why his brother is incarcerated and why his ambition continues to push him forward. The MMG honcho also indirectly references slain Trayvon Martin and the incident which led to his death in Rozay's home state of Florida.(PROFANE-AUDIO-AT-LINK)"Now I'm being followed by some creepy ass cracker," Ross raps, a seemingly thinly-veiled reference to vigilante George Zimmerman following Travyon. "Stand your ground! Stand your ground! You gotta stand your ground!" Ross cries. Zimmerman stood behind Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law...
  • No empathy for George Zimmerman

    07/24/2013 7:08:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | July 24, 2013 | Melvina Johnson Young
    So, George Zimmerman was scared the night he shot Trayvon Martin through the heart. Know who else was probably pretty scared that night? Trayvon Martin. Surprised I’m asking? Me too. But it seems like a lot of people haven’t thought much about that. Obviously, Trayvon isn’t here to tell us how he felt. He’s dead. And a lot of folks disregarded Rachel Jeantel’s account of him being afraid even though she was the last person to hear Trayvon speak (besides Zimmerman). She heard his fear through the phone. She heard him try to run away. He was scared. And yet...
  • When are the black community going to accept responsibility for their part in Trayvon’s death?!

    07/23/2013 1:16:03 PM PDT · by Man_Wolf64 · 25 replies
    The D.C. Clothesline ^ | 7/22/13 | Chad Miller
    In one of many examples immediately following Zimmerman’s “not guilty” verdict, (being naturally cynical) I seriously doubt a mob of angry black “justice seekers” gave as much thought to “justice for Trayvon”, as they did to snagging 52 inch flat screens for themselves during their looting spree of a Los Angeles area Wal-Mart.
  • Larry Elder Explodes At Piers Over Z: You’re Condescending, ‘Stupid,’ Should Be Ashamed Of Yourself!

    07/19/2013 9:42:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 17, 2013 | Josh Feldman
    Piers Morgan clearly has no qualms about inviting people on his show who fiercely disagree with him or even attack him personally, and tonight’s opening interview with radio host Larry Elder did not disappoint. Elder told Morgan his interview with George Zimmerman trial witness Rachel Jeantel was horrendous and “condescending,” and even told Morgan that he was being “stupid” for his assessment of Jeantel’s character. On Tuesday, Elder sent out a series of angry tweets about Morgan’s interview with Jeantel, beginning with this one. Elder went on at length about underreported crime in Chicago, which Morgan agreed with, but...
  • Larry Elder, Piers Morgan spar over Rachel Jeantel, black America

    07/18/2013 3:22:25 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 18 Jul 2013 | Jeff Poor
    Morgan then invited Elder onto his show, where the two debated Jeantel and the importance of the Zimmerman trial to black America. “I was, because you weren’t doing her any favors by condescendingly trying to convince her that she’s a victim,” Elder said. “This is a young lady who didn’t apply herself, a 19-year-old who is still in high school. Instead of saying young lady, take this as an opportunity to take stock of your life, you’re treating her like she was a victim. And that’s how you’re doing this whole thing about race and racism. Seven thousand murders last...
  • Trayvon Witness: It was Homophobia, not Racism

    07/18/2013 8:44:54 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 22 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | July 17, 2013 | Tak Cronn
    Trayvon Witness: It was Homophobia, not Racism Posted by Tad Cronn in Crime, Culture, Email Featured, Homosexuality, Liberal Bullying, Liberalism, Morality, Race, Racism | 23 Comments Rachel Jeantel is just the gift that won't stop running its mouth. Even after the trial of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, Jeantel just keeps on proving that the jury reached the right decision. Her latest foray into momentary celebrity came on Piers Morgan's talk show at CNN. Despite Morgan's best efforts to save her, Jeantel basically put the lie to the prosecution's entire case that the killing was about racism...
  • A Vexatious Word: What does Rachel Jeantel teach us about racial slurs?

    07/18/2013 8:15:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/18/2013 | Kevin D. Williamson
    One of the strangest things I ever saw was the rapper Ice-T waltzing — not figuratively, but literally — across a stage in Dallas with Perry Farrell, the slightly fey singer from the band Jane’s Addiction, as the two sang a duet of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey.” This was in 1991, and though young black men had been using the word “nigger” — or, if you prefer, “nigga” — casually for some time, it was unusual for me to hear a white man under 60 using the word at all, much less repeatedly, much...
  • Yes, Rachel Jeantel Did Think It Was ‘Racist’ When Rush Limbaugh Said ‘N*gga’

    07/17/2013 5:12:46 PM PDT · by drewh · 61 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 11:34 am, July 17th, 2013 | by Matt Wilstein
    Trayvon Martin‘s friend and witness for the prosecution in the George Zimmerman trial Rachel Jeantel got an opportunity to respond directly to Rush Limbaugh during an extended interview with Marc Lamont Hill Live Wednesday morning. Despite Limbaugh’s insistence that he now his Jeantel’s permission to say “nigga” with an “a,” Jeantel said the conservative radio host’s comments did “feel racist” to her. In her first major interview since the Zimmerman trial ended, Jeantel explained to Piers Morgan Monday night the difference between “nigger” with an “-er,” which she said is a “racist” word and “nigga” with an “a,” which she...
  • Rachel Jeantel: "Travyon Hit First"

    07/17/2013 1:48:00 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 125 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 17, 2013
    On Huffington Post Live today, Rachel Jeantel expounded on her thoughts on what occurred when Zimmerman and Martin met face to face. "I believe Trayvon hit first," she said. She went on to describe how she believed that Trayvon throwing the first punch was likely caused by Zimmerman attempting to grab and detain Martin. (via Huff Post)
  • Now That the Girls of Zimmerman are (Almost) Gone

    07/16/2013 6:48:30 PM PDT · by IChing · 45 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 7/16/13 | Donald Joy
    Whew, that was a close one! Most people with whom I was in contact leading up to the Zimmerman verdict had been somewhat bitterly hedging their prognostications of his escaping conviction on the murder charge, resignedly saying conviction for the lesser accusation of manslaughter was the most likely outcome, given what we’ve come to expect from mercurial juries in our modern times. For myself, despite being skeptical along the way and even arguing in the later phase that a hung jury was probable, I wound up firmly predicting total acquittal (as I mainly had in numerous articles on the case...
  • Rachel Jeantel: Trayvon Thought Zimmerman was a Gay Rapist and Trayvon Wasn't "That Kind of Way"

    07/16/2013 12:43:52 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 92 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 7/16/2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: An entirely new perspective on this whole sordid incident was provided by Rachel Jeantel last night on CNN. Everybody's been under the impression that Zimmerman was a racist, and that's why he went after Trayvon. I went to great lengths yesterday, folks, to break this down and tell you what I think this was really all about. I'm not gonna repeat that but it is at RushLimbaugh.com. Essentially, it was about economics. You've got a bunch of people in this community that are barely hanging on. They've worked very hard to get where they are and there...

    07/16/2013 10:36:08 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 98 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | July 16, 2013 | John Gibson
    The incomparable Rachel Jeantel, the person Trayvon Martin spoke to on his phone just before he was shot and killed, last night explained why George Zimmerman was wrong to feel his life was in danger and he needed to go for his gun. It was just a case of “whup-ass”, she said on television. Her interviewer, the dense-Brit CNN host Piers Morgan, failed to immediately grasp her meaning and let the moment slip by. But if by some strange twist of fate millions of Americans were watching (they were not), any of them would have immediately understood her statement. Translated...
  • Rachel Jeantel Confirms To Piers Morgan That Trayvon Assumed Zimmerman Was the Police Or Security

    07/16/2013 9:26:14 AM PDT · by Cold Case Posse Supporter · 77 replies
    CNN ^ | 7-16-2013
    Prosecution star witness Rachel Jeantel was interviewed by Piers Morgan last night on CNN. When asked by Piers to explain what 'creepy ass cracka' meant, she slipped up and stated that to Trayvon, it meant a security guard or policeman. So in Trayvon's mind, George Zimmerman was either a security guard or policeman. With that said, what kind of person circles back after running away and attacks a possible security guard or policeman? Go to exactly to 2:00 in the video and watch to 2:25
  • Trayvon Martin's Friend, Rachel Jeantel, Offered A Full College Scholarship

    07/16/2013 9:10:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 213 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/16/2013 | Pamela Engel
    Radio personality Tom Joyner has offered Rachel Jeantel, the friend of Trayvon Martin who spoke to him shortly before he died, a full scholarship to any Historically Black College or University she chooses. The website Joyner founded, BlackAmericaWeb.com, confirmed the news. Jeantel spoke to Joyner on his radio show Tuesday morning. He said to her: "If you want to graduate from high school, and go to an HBCU, even if it’s not in Florida but especially Florida,like Florida Memorial, Edward Waters or FAMU, if you want to do that, I want to help you do that. I will help you...
  • Piers Morgan Conducts Riveting Interview With Trayvon Martin’s Friend, Witness Rachel Jeantel

    07/15/2013 7:29:28 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 126 replies
    bombshell interview with an anonymous Zimmerman trial juror tonight with an exclusive chat with the witness everyone has been waiting to hear from since the verdict came down: Trayvon Martin‘s friend Rachel Jeantel. Jeantel, who created a media firestorm with her highly-polarizing testimony towards the beginning of the trial, appeared on Piers Morgan Live alongside her attorney. She described her reaction to Zimmerman’s acquittal as “disappointed, upset and angry” and called the jury’s assessment of what happened “just B.S.” Asked about what Trayvon Martin was like as a friend, Jeantel described him as a “calm, chill, loving person” and said...
  • How the state of Florida set Zimmerman free (PMSDNC throws BDLR under da bus!)

    07/15/2013 3:44:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 15, 2013 | Seema Iyer
    <p>After the “Knock-Knock” joke heard around the world fell flat, the defense had nowhere to go but up. But who ever expected the State of Florida to take them there?</p> <p>With a few distinctive yet destructive missteps, the State’s presentation of evidence in the trial of George Zimmerman provided a string of reasonable doubts commencing with the testimony of Rachel Jeantel, the young woman that Trayvon Martin was on the phone with before he was killed.</p>
  • Piers Morgan lands Rachel Jeantel interview

    07/15/2013 11:24:00 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 181 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 7/15/13 | Eddie Scarry
    CNN’s Piers Morgan is scheduled to interview her Monday night during his 9 p.m. ET program, according to one of his producers who made the announcement on Twitter. Brace yourselves.
  • Prosecutor Invokes MLK to Urge Credibility of Star Witness Rachel Jeantel

    07/11/2013 10:31:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 11, 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    On Thursday, prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda contended that the only reason to find prosecution star witness Rachel Jeantel uncredible would be racism -- her lack of sophistication and Haitian background. “I had a dream that today a witness would be judged not on the color of her personality but the content of her testimony,” de la Rionda said. Jeantel changed her testimony with regard to Trayvon Martin’s phone call with her just before his confrontation with defendant George Zimmerman, claiming that Martin said “get off!” She also lied about her non-presence at Trayvon Martin’s funeral to both police and...
  • The black education tragedy (Trayvon friend's testimony represents dismal failure of public schools)

    07/09/2013 11:05:15 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 70 replies
    WND ^ | July 09, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    As if more evidence were needed about the tragedy of black education, Rachel Jeantel, a witness for the prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial, put a face on it for the nation to see. Some of that evidence unfolded when Zimmerman’s defense attorney asked 19-year-old Jeantel to read a letter she allegedly had written to Trayvon Martin’s mother. She responded that she doesn’t read cursive, and that’s in addition to her poor grammar, syntax and communication skills. Jeantel is a senior at Miami Norland Senior High School. How in the world did she manage to become a 12th-grader without...
  • George Zimmerman trial defense attorney Don West: Controversial Instagram prompts rape threats

    07/08/2013 7:21:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | July 8, 2013 | Andrea Torres and Christina Vazquez
    George Zimmerman's trial defense attorney Don West recently reported he received e-mails from people threatening his daughters with rape over a controversial post on Instagram. Rachel West, who was not in the family picture, was in the courtroom Monday. In a response to a July 2nd prosecution's request to investigate the social media post, West said the family photo prompted "threats of violence" that were "vicious." West also said he was distressed that in a request to investigate the post, the prosecution had made "reckless, dangerous and inaccurate allegations." Prosecutors linked the motive for the post to witness Rachel Jeantel,...
  • 'Cracker' conveys history of bigotry that still resonates

    07/04/2013 2:44:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Philadelphia Tribune ^ | July 2, 2013 | Tom Foreman
    With a single phrase, Rachel Jeantel, that friend of Trayvon Martin's, may have lit a fuse in the trial of his accused killer. Asked by the defense what Martin told her on the phone that night when he first spotted George Zimmerman, she testified a "creepy-ass cracker" was following him. There is nothing illegal about that. Jeantel said she didn't even know it was a racial slur, and numerous commentators have noted that some in Florida use the term in a non-derogatory, colloquial sense. But for plenty of rural, white southerners, "cracker" is a demeaning, bigoted term, and its appearance...
  • Martin friend and witness unfairly judged

    07/03/2013 11:15:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Connecticut Post ^ | july | Professor Yohuru Williams
    Watching the testimony of Rachel "Dee Dee" Jeantel last week and the strong reaction her testimony elicited in the press and on social media provides a fertile opportunity for us to examine if we are, as Chief Justice John Roberts and the Supreme Court argued in Shelby County v. Holder, truly post racial. In 1865, the state of Mississippi sought to disqualify blacks from participating in legal proceedings as witnesses by subjecting them to "rules and tests of the common law as to competency and credibility." At a time when very few African-Americans had the benefit of an education, literacy...
  • Rachel Jeantel proves that this July 4th, Jim Crow lives (Even worse than it sounds)

    07/03/2013 10:51:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Washington Post's She The People ^ | July 3, 2013 | Michelle Bernard
    Prosecution witness Rachel Jeantel during day two of her testimony in George Zimmerman’s murder trial for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., on June 27.Racial justice in America is disintegrating at warp speed. On matters of race, the ugly America of yesteryear — segregationist George Wallace’s America — is still with us. We must stanch its revival before it spreads and, like locusts, blankets our country with anti-black sentiments. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder striking down what has been called “the heart” of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 made...
  • Rachel Jeantel: "Trayvon Was One of the Few Who Didn't Tease Me" Interview with Jeantel's lawyer

    07/03/2013 7:37:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Ebony ^ | July 3, 2013 | Staff
    Tom Joyner Morning Show commentator Roland Martin talks with Rachel Jeantel’s attorney Rod Vereen about the 19-year-old’s crucial testimony in the George Zimmerman case, the misrepresentation of her character in the media and he reveals exclusive details about her friendship with Trayvon. According to Vereen, Martin was one of the good guys who did not ridicule the teenager. Vereen recounted a prior interview with Jeantel where she explained their bond, “she said he was one of the few guys that never made fun of me, about the way I dressed, about the way I talked, about my hair, about my...
  • A Tale of Two Best Friends (Another howler)

    07/03/2013 4:11:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Nation ^ | July 3, 2013 | Aura Bogado
    Witness Rachel Jeantel watches defense attorney Don West while on the stand during George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Florida, June 26, 2013.The media berated Rachel Jeantel last week throughout her testimony during George Zimmerman’s trial for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. So much so that other media took to defending Jeantel—who spent much of her day on the phone with Martin, whom she had first met in second grade, the day he was killed. That kind vitriol and subsequent support were absent, however, during yesterday’s...
  • Zimmerman’s Fate and Looming Race Riots

    07/03/2013 3:09:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 117 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | July 3, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    The murder case against George Zimmerman is rapidly unraveling, due in large part to the compelling testimony of key witnesses. Ordinarily, there is nothing unusual about compelling testimony changing the course of a trial, but in this case it is witnesses presented by the prosecution that are bolstering the case for the defendant. Thus, with each passing day it is becoming more apparent that the real reason for bringing this case to trial was to assuage the media-driven concerns of the racial grievance industry, led by chief arsonists Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson. Shamefully aiding and abetting them is the...
  • Trayvon Martin and Black Manhood On Trial (Relying on Rachel's testimony? Huh?)

    07/02/2013 11:34:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Nation ^ | July 2, 2013 | Mychal Denzel Smith
    Yesterday, the jury in the George Zimmerman murder trial heard, at length, Zimmerman describe in his own words what happened the night he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. He didn’t take the stand, but the prosecution played for the court three separate audio and video recordings of Zimmerman’s interviews with the police and read aloud his written statement from the night of February 26, 2012. His description of the events were generally consistent with the story he has repeatedly told. But to my mind, the case really comes down to what the jury will believe happened in one specific...
  • Obama's Trayvon Problem

    07/02/2013 3:08:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Miami New Times ^ | The July 4, 2013 Issue | Luther Campbell
    I hope President Barack Obama is tuning in to the George Zimmerman murder trial. It is showing off his greatest failure. Last week, media pundits, trial commentators, and internet racists ridiculed Rachel Jeantel, the 19-year-old star witness who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin right before Zimmerman shot the boy. This cruel crew made fun of her manner of speech and her embarrassing admission that she cannot read or write in cursive. Her shortcomings personify the first African-American commander-in-chief's refusal to help this nation's blacks obtain the same opportunities he and his wife had. First-class education helped the first...
  • WSJ’s James Taranto On Media’s Emotional Investment In Racial ‘Show Trial’ Of Zimmerman

    07/02/2013 2:32:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 2, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    On Monday, Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto expanded on themes he recently wrote about relating to Florida’s thin case against George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering Trayvon Martin in 2012. Taranto told WSJ’s Mary Kessel that the prosecution of Zimmerman, in the words of one Slate columnist, was supposed to serve as a “referendum” on racial privilege in America. “There’s a word for a trial that is held as a referendum – it’s a show trial,” Taranto said. “We don’t do show trials in this country.” “Why has the press been so convinced from the very beginning that...
  • As George Zimmerman Prosecution Implodes, A Media Invested In His Guilt Grows More Shrill

    07/02/2013 1:42:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 132 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 2, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    “It’s dangerous for America the way were doing this as a trial in the media with the whole nation as jury.” This observation about the trial of George Zimmerman for the murder of Florida teen Trayvon Martin in 2012 by MSNBC host Touré was as true when he made it, in March of last year, as it is today. Too few, it seems, have taken his advice to heart. Since the Zimmerman trial began, the instant analysis of the nationally televised case – meriting near wall-to-wall coverage on the cable news outlets – has not been favorable to the prosecution....
  • Expert: Judge should have scolded Jeantel

    07/01/2013 7:42:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Headline News ^ | July 1, 2013 | Mark NeJame, HLN Legal Analyst
    <p>Judge Debra Nelson, the presiding judge in the George Zimmerman prosecution, has ruled and run her courtroom with an iron gavel. I've agreed with most of her thoughtful rulings.</p>
  • Zimmerman: Rachel Jeantel and the politics of soft bigotry

    07/01/2013 6:19:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Times' Conservative Black Chick ^ | July 1, 2013 | Crystal Wright
    As defense attorney Don West grilled Rachel Jeantel during week one of the Zimmerman trial, liberal commentators fell all over themselves making excuses for Jeantel’s shocking behavior in court. Her overall contempt for the processes and nuances of the court judicial system where explained away as illiteracy, that she did not have the education necessary to know how to behave in this “white man’s world” of judiciary. Throughout the week, West was blasted by liberals for being “condescending” in his questioning of Jeantel. During her first day of testimony, West attempted to get Jeantel to be more responsive and less...
  • Dark-skinned and plus-sized: The real Rachel Jeantel story (Hilarious and sad, at the same time)

    07/01/2013 2:24:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 132 replies
    Salon ^ | June 28, 2013 | Brittney Cooper, Asst professor, Women's & Africana Studies, Rutgers
    Defense attorney Don West questions Rachel Jeantel during George Zimmerman's trial in Sanford, Fla., June 27, 2013.Trayvon Martin’s trial might be intriguing, fascinating cultural theater to some. To me, it is more akin to a cultural trauma: a continual reminder of how unsafe all those young black men that I love actually are as they move through the world — and how tenuous and torturous it would be to seek justice on their behalf. Troubled, though, by the negative characterizations of Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel, after her first day of testimony, I tuned in yesterday in a show of...
  • Trayvon’s Friend Rachel Jeantel Prompts National Debate About Black Youth Culture

    06/28/2013 11:41:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 142 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | June 28, 2013 | Nick Chiles
    Jeantel and attorney West After Rachel Jeantel left the witness stand following another six hours of grueling cross-examination by George Zimmerman’s lawyers, she immediately prompted a national debate about the language and attitudes of black youth culture and whether her testimony had helped or hurt the defendant. Jeantel was billed as the prosecution’s star witness because she was the last person to talk on the phone to Trayvon Martin right before he was killed by a gunshot from Zimmerman. Her testimony is crucial because she reported that Zimmerman aggressively followed 17-year-old through the subdivision until he had no choice but...
  • Star Witness Against George Zimmerman Flops Big Time

    06/28/2013 11:39:38 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 46 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 June 2013 | Alex Newman
    Rachel Jeantel Rachel Jeantel, the prosecution's "star witness" against George Zimmerman, endured an embarrassing grilling both inside the Florida courtroom and in the national media. Star Witness Against George Zimmerman Flops Big Time The New American 28 June 2013 The prosecution's "star witness" against former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, accused of murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, endured an embarrassing grilling both inside the Florida courtroom and in the national media. From potentially incriminating social-media posts publicized by reporters to major gaffes during her testimony, Rachel Jeantel, 19 (shown), has sparked even more criticism of what legal...
  • In Defense of Rachel Jeantel-After days of mocking, viewers of Zimmerman trial speak out...

    06/28/2013 11:24:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Root ^ | June 27, 2013 | Tracy Clayton
    The George Zimmerman murder trial has captured the nation's attention since it began. When Rachel Jeantel, the last person to speak with Trayvon Martin (aside from Zimmerman), took the stand, it ignited a dialogue on race, class and the cultural shaming of our own. Many people have been very critical of the way Jeantel speaks -- her subject-verb agreement, her Southern accent, her tendency to say "axe" instead of "ask." Speech is a cultural marker often used to highlight one's otherness. The problem with "improper speech" is not that people who speak in such tongues cannot be understood. It's that...
  • Commentary: A Witness for Trayvon Who Stands Her Ground

    06/28/2013 8:23:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 166 replies
    Black Entertainment Television ^ | June 27, 2013 | Jonathan P. Hicks
    I must admit, I’m 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. Let’s 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 queen’s English as one could imagine. And her disposition on the stand ranged from annoyance to sheer antagonism....
  • A Letter to Rachel Jeantel

    06/28/2013 9:47:27 AM PDT · by Enchante · 106 replies
    Roleboot.org ^ | June 27, 2013 | Khadijah Costley White
    I just want you to know: I am so proud of you. In you I see a fierce resistance that reminds me of ancestors past. Each time you open your mouth, look down, clench your cheeks in a fresh wave of pain, I see Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and Fannie Lou Hamer joining their spirits and bonding their strength to yours. I see a survivor, a woman who has miraculously kept her mind and nurtured her sanity enough that she can sit, for hours, and recount such horror. You have a brilliance that flares out, only to be quickly veiled...
  • Justice for Trayvon, Race-Hustler Style

    06/27/2013 5:36:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 27, 2013 | J. Christian Adams
    Right now, hanging on the door of a federal employee’s office in the Department of Justice Voting Section is a sign expressing racial solidarity with Trayvon Martin. What this has to do with the Department of Justice is perhaps a mystery, but not to me. One might ponder why the Justice Department Civil Rights Division rushed to Florida in the first place and took sides once the racial furnace was sufficiently stoked. When Eric Holder’s old pal from D.C. (and a Philadelphia court case), New Black Panther chieftain Malik Zulu Shabazz, called for a 10,000 strong black-male mob to seize...
  • Star witness at Zimmerman trial to defense lawyer: ‘That’s real retarded, sir’ [video]

    06/27/2013 11:24:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 113 replies
    twitchy ^ | 6/27/13 | staff
    LilMissAmerican @LilMissRightie "That's real retarded, sir. That's real retarted sir". No. She. Didn't. Did I actually hear that? She's a soft-talker - maybe I heard wrong.
  • Trayvon's Friend Recalls Him Saying, 'Get Off, Get Off'

    06/27/2013 9:17:31 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 134 replies
    Newser ^ | 6/27/13 | John Johnson
    One of the prosecution's key witnesses in the George Zimmerman murder trial began her testimony today and recounted how she spoke with Trayvon Martin by phone as he tried to evade the man he described as a "creepy ass cracker" who had begun following him. At one point, when he was near the house of his father's girlfriend, Trayvon apparently thought he had eluded Zimmerman. Rachel Jeantel said she told him to keep running, but "he said, nah, he'd just walk faster." Then Jeantel heard Travyon curse, and he told her that his follower was behind him, reports the Orlando...