Trayvon Martin’s Friend Rachel Jeantel: ‘What If He Was White?’

Tue, July 16, 2013 2:59pm EDT by 17 Comments
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Trayvon’s friend Rachel spoke in public for the first time since giving her testimony in court, saying the nearly all-white female jury cleared George Zimmerman “because of race.”

Trayvon Martin‘s friend Rachel Jeantel, a key witness in the George Zimmerman murder trial, spoke to Piers Morgan on CNN on July 15 in her first appearance since she testified in court. Rachel revealed that she “had a feeling” the jury of six largely white women found George, 29, not guilty “because of race.”

Trayvon Martin: Racial Profiling Victim? — ‘What If Trayvon Was White?’

Controversially, George Zimmerman was found not guilty of shooting and killing Trayvon Martin, 17, by a jury of six women, on July 13.

Rachel is standing by her defense of Trayvon, and in an interview with Piers on CNN, she posed the question: “If Trayvon was white and he had a hoodie on, would that have happened?”

Rachel denied George’s claim that Trayvon was looking into the windows of houses on his walk home though the gated community where he was killed, the UK’s Daily Mail reported.

“Trayvon is not a thug, they need to know a definition of a thug to judge,” she said.

In the CNN interview, Piers played tapes of anonymous jurors who questioned Rachel’s intelligence and education, asking for Rachel’s response.

One of the jury members anonymously told Anderson Cooper that Rachel’s testimony was not credible.

“I didn’t think it was very credible but I felt very sorry for her… I think she felt inadequate in front of everyone because of her education and communication skills,” she told Anderson.

Rachel said she was angry about the comments, adding that the jury misinterpreted her testimony, particularly when she said Trayvon described George as a “creepy ass cracka” when he was following the teen through the gated community.

Rachel said Trayvon didn’t mean the phrase to be a racial slur. She said it’s a common way to describe “a person who acts like they’re like a police, a security guard acting like a police (officer).”

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Rachel said she felt “disappointed, angry, upset, question, and mad” after George was found not guilty of Trayvon’s murder.

Her feelings are echoed by the thousands of protestors who gathered in support of Trayvon in Atlanta, Ga., Birmingham, Ala., New York City and Washington D.C.

WATCH: Piers Morgan Interveiws Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon Martin’s Friend


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icd 9 for multiple sclerosis

Posted at 10:11 AM on June 13, 2014  

There is more to it than just the gluten but if you do this you already support your health and healing process.
Secondly, try to be with other people as much as possible.
An orchestra consists of many musicians with different instruments.

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dude

Posted at 9:44 AM on July 18, 2013  

What if TM was white and GZ was black? There’s an answer to that:

Google “Christopher Cervini”

End of discussion.

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bokiluis

Posted at 8:44 AM on July 17, 2013  

I sorely misjudged that young lady, Rachel. She is just a teen with her generation’s understanding of the world. That despicable defense attorney, O’Mara, purposely abused and intimidated her. His tight lipped smugness truly appalls me. Rachel is just as credible as any witness so far and definitely more believable than the mendacious Zimmerman.

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1reddiva83

Posted at 12:14 AM on July 17, 2013  

If trayvon was white and george was black ,zimmerman would be under the jail. Certain whites in this country act as racism doesnt exist. Why did he say they always get away?whose they the community members. I guess when identify as the majority ,you dont know how it feels to be seen a certain way.

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TerryDe

Posted at 4:20 AM on July 17, 2013  

IF GEORGE ZIMMERMAN WERE BLACK YOU KNOW DAMN WELL HE WOULD HAVE PROFILED TRAYVON AS A POSSIBLE CRIMINAL BEFORE HE WOULD HAVE PROFILED A CLEAN-CUT WHITE 17YO WALKING THROUGH AS BEING ONE.. YOU KNOW IT! BUT… BLACKS GET AWAY WITH IT AND WHITE’S DON’T (WHERE HAVE I HEARD THAT BEFORE?)

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liz

Posted at 7:20 PM on July 16, 2013  

i don’t know why race is always an issue. its not about color in this situation.

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bokiluis

Posted at 10:56 PM on July 16, 2013  

Then what the hell is it? Did you hear what she said about Zimmerman possibility being a pedophile? It was Zimmerman that consistently called police everytime he saw a black person in the neighborhood? It was Zimmerman that said “they” always get away. Who in heaven’s name do you think he was referring to “they” as? If you were a black kid and saw an older white male following you, what do you think that kid might think or do? Especially in the south? Get real.

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TerryDe

Posted at 4:24 AM on July 17, 2013  

Rachel Jeantel (aka Diamond Eugene) said on the stand that she told Trayvon, “that crazy a** cracker is probably out to rape you,” Trayvon believed her and thought George Michael Zimmerman was a “homosexual” who’s there to rape him so he turned around, went up to him, got in his face and kept saying, “You gotta problem?” “You gotta problem?” and when Zimmerman remained calm and started to back away he brutally attacked him and tried to kill him. A 17yo with his background who’s homophobic. Go figure. CASE CLOSED.

Urbandictionary.com: A** Cracker – One who engages in anal sex.

Also, the last 8 robberies in the complex were commited by young black men. But, being suspicious of a young black man wandering around the complex in the dark is WRONG!

 
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LissaCaldina

Posted at 5:50 PM on July 16, 2013  

Amanda

Posted at 4:36 PM on July 16, 2013  

If Trayvon was white this wouldn’t even be a news story

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Amanda

Posted at 4:47 PM on July 16, 2013  

Can I also just point out that OJ Simpson was guilty of double homicide and everyone knew it was found innocent and I don’t recall any protests or him having to look over his shoulder.

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1reddiva83

Posted at 12:15 AM on July 17, 2013  

If both of them were black ,this wouldnt be news

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rihannaalldayeverydayhaterz

Posted at 4:14 PM on July 16, 2013  

U only listen to one side of the story.Which George and his wife told plenty of lies to cover up the fact that Trayvon Martín was at self defense when George followed Trayvon when George was not suppose to follow Trayvon.George made all them lies up.So George wouldn’t go to jail.Even George wife lied as well.But u see George know he guilty.They did not lock George up because they knew the inmates was gonna kill George.But see George has to live with the fact that Everybody is pissed at him,and George has to look over his shoulder.because somebody might kill him where ever he gos.He has to face God with that as well.

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name..

Posted at 3:44 PM on July 16, 2013  

this is what is the basis of this whole thing

the reason he followed him was because he was a black youth..PERIOD..
in this country when a black person does something..lets say in this situation there had been breakins in the neighbourhood by “black dudes”…then every black person is suspicious and guilty…its justified to stalk any black person because they could’ve been the burglar

however if the break ins were done by white dudes…folks wouldn’t be following around random white kids/guys because somehow they wouldn’t generalize all white guys as being responsible for the actions of a few..

he wouldn’t have followed a white kid around to begin with because his prejudicial bias wouldn’t have made him think he was anything other than “kody” walking home..

this can only happen to black folks..

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RAC

Posted at 3:41 PM on July 16, 2013  

What if he was white? What if he was yellow, orange, pink, or blue? omg….what if he was gay !!!!

Give me a flippin break. The second something goes wrong, some people scream racism. All I see is an altercation between two people. Believe it or not, racism doesn’t come into every situation in life. Take a walk.

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bokiluis

Posted at 10:59 PM on July 16, 2013  

What were the circumstances? What was zimmerman’s history of doing when he saw a black person in the neighborhood? Hello! Live in denial and remember it ain’t a river in Egypt.

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patrick

Posted at 3:37 PM on July 16, 2013  

There’s no doubt this was all over racist if he was the other way around Trayvon Martin would have been found guilty of murder. I hate to say this but this is a real fact in this case period.

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