Jezebel: Why Is Rachel Jeantel Being Treated Like She’s the One on Trial?

Jezebel: Why Is Rachel Jeantel Being Treated Like She’s the One on Trial?

“Rachel Jeantel is the key witness for the prosecution in George Zimmerman’s trial. She is the last person to have spoken with Trayvon Martin before he was killed. She is 19 years old, she is not media trained, and she’s still shaken up and wracked by guilt because of her friend’s death

In short, she’s a black teenager going through something extraordinarily difficult in a very public sphere, in front of a predominantly white jury. According to the internet, though, she’s “hideous,” “dumber than a box of rocks,” “an embarrassment,” and a “thug.””

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