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Published On: Wed, Jul 17th, 2013

Rachael Jeantel talks N-word racial slurs and Trayvon Martin, mocked by Rush Limbaugh

Piers Morgan followed Anderson Cooper‘s  interview with an anonymous Zimmerman trial juror with an exclusive interview with Rachel Jeantel, the witness and friend of Trayvon Martin. Mediaite provided videos and details from the Piers Morgan interview.

Rachel Jeantel testifying Trayvon Martin murder caseJeantel, 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.”

She criticized the not-guilty verdict and also argued that the N-word – uttered with an “a” rather than an “r” at the end – could be used broadly to describe any male, not just a black one.

Jeantel explained to Morgan that “the whole world say it’s a racist word” but the version of the word that she testified Martin had used in reference to Zimmerman, spelled “n-i-g-g-a” doesn’t mean what most people think it means. It doesn’t mean a “black male” as Morgan assumed, she said, but rather any kind of man, including “Chinese” for example. Morgan helpfully pointed out that that’s the version rappers use in their music.

“But nigger,” Jeantel said, stressing the “-er.,” is a “racist word.” She said “I’d advise you not to be by black people” when you say that word, Jeantel explained, “because they’re not going to have it like that.” And this is not just in her community as Morgan posited but in the entire “generation.”

“I think I can now” say the word, Limbaugh sarcastically told his listeners. “Isn’t that the point? ‘Cause it’s not racist … I could be talking about a male, a Chinese male, a guy at the laundromat. I could be talking about a man.”

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh was quick to mock Jeantel and his ability to use these racial slurs based on her definitions.  Limbaugh video below.

He was not alone as Radio host Tammy Bruce detected a double standard with the summer’s other big racial controversy involving the N-word. “So Paula Deen’s crime 27 years ago was using “er” at the end of a forbidden word instead of “a” ??,” she tweeted about the disgraced celebrity chef. 

 

Asked about what Trayvon Martin was like as a friend, Jeantel described him as a “calm, chill, loving person” and said she never saw him get “aggressive” or “lose his temper.” She said that the defense’s attempts to portray Martin as a “thug” were unfounded and defended his relatively mild drug use. “Weed don’t make him go crazy,” she said, “it just makes him go hungry.”

Jeantel also responded to the massive mockery she received in social media for the way she speaks, explaining that she was born with an under-bite that has made it difficult for her to speak clearly. When Morgan asked if she’d been bullied for her condition, she simply responded, “Look at me,” to laughter from the studio audience.

Morgan attempted to get Jeantel to offer her opinion of defense attorney Don West, who many claimed was condescending towards her when she was on the stand. Jeantel shook her head, declining to say anything bad about the man given her “Christian” upbringing.

 

 

 

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st–rush-limbaugh-cnn-piers-morgan-rachel-jeantel-cnn-n-word-war-20130716,0,5464171.story

 

 

 

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