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As I observed how Jeantel had been eviscerated on social media -- by blacks and whites -- because of her excruciating testimony and her appearance (she was ridiculed for resembling Gabourey Sidibe's character in Precious), Zora Neale Hurston's ruminations on race sprang to mind.
Trayvon Martin is a victim. But Rachel Jeantel is a victim as well. An almost illiterate 19-year-old who can barely verbalize what it is she witnessed, Jeantel must have known how easily her credibility would be publicly shattered. Her bravery in even taking the stand is stunning.
Jeantel, who was on the phone with Martin when George Zimmerman began pursuing him and during part of the scuffle that ultimately
Rachel Jeantel's testimony in the trial of George Zimmerman, who is facing second-degree murder charges for fatally shooting
"People who have a lot of power don’t have negative run-ins with the police because it’s easier to stop somebody who’s not
Rachel Jeantel, Star Witness in Trayvon Martin Murder Trial, Cannot Read Her Own Letter -- Now, Whose Fault Is That?
The heartbreaking spectacle of Ms. Jeantel being unable to read her own words in this most public of murder trials -- an admission that could damage the appeal of this critical witness -- brought tears to my eyes.
"I didn't want to see the body," she said. Both Jeantel and Martin's father became emotional during the testimony, wiping