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Published On: Fri, Jun 28th, 2013

Rachel Jeantel testified in Trayvon Martin case, says he used ‘N-word’ and ‘cracker’ to describe Zimmerman

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.

Rachel Jeantel testifying Trayvon Martin murder caseThe key facts in her testimony has been somewhat lost in the raucous debate about the language used by the 19-year-old Jeantel, her disrespectful attitude toward the defense, her inarticulateness and seeming lack of intelligence.

“Creepy ass cracker” will certain be gracing more headlines as Jeantel explains that is how Martin described Zimmerman, but never inserted race into the scenario.

Jeantel ultimately says she doesn’t find that praise offensive.

“Nigger still following me…now following me,” appears to a theme that has triggered more racial questions. “Now the nigger is following me.”

During the testimony she is difficult to hear and understand, causing the court to be interrupted several times.

Defense targeted the language:

“In the culture that you live in, in your community, people there call white people ‘crackers’?” West asked.

“Yes, sir,” Jeantel replied.

“And do they use the n-word regularly?” he asked.

“Yes, sir.”

“And, you’re saying, so did Trayvon Martin?” he asked. “Trayvon Martin referred to white people as crackers, correct?” he inquired once more after a long pause.

“I don’t recall, sir,” Jeantel responded after what looked like a great deal of thought about her answer

Ebony Magazine was quick to defend Jeantel, pointing the finger of criticism back on society.

“The chastising of this woman’s speech and body language belied the fact that many themselves were rejecting their own self-reflection. For far too many of our community members that epitomize Drake’s ‘started from the bottom’ mantra would like to forget the places from whence they came.”

 

 

 

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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  1. Fausto says:

    Really?

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    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

      Global Dispatch,

      THIS IS A CRITICISM OF YOU.

      I HAVE MADE COMMENTARY ON THIS SITE IN WHICH I STATED I AM anti-black. Brandon Jones, YOU CRITICIZED ME FOR MAKING STATEMENTS AGAINST HEBREWS. I HAVE BEEN SITTING HERE WAITING FOR MY COMMENTARY TO BE MODERATED. Global Dispatch YOU WAITED UNTIL YOU FOUND A COMMENT – AT, 10:53 AM – TO PLACE ABOVE MINE BECAUSE YOU WANT TO PORTRAY Rachel Jeantel AS A “Train Wreck.” THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH Ms. Jeantel’s testimony. MORE THAN ONCE, THE JUDGE HAD TO TELL ONE OF THE DEFENSE ATTORNEYS TO SIT DOWN – HE COULD HEAR Ms. Jeantel, BUT, HE WANTED TO USE STANDING AS AN INTIMIDATION TACTIC; AND, THE JUDGE KNEW IT.

      Global Dispatch, YOU ARE BIASED IN YOUR REPORTING. YOU MAY AS WELL COME-OUT AND PUBLICALLY STATE YOUR BELIEF IN Mr. Zimmerman’s “innocence.”

      CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      • Brandon Jones says:

        My opinion in the case is not relevant in reporting on what happened during the testimony.

        The videos show several times that the court reporter is the one who was having trouble hearing and understanding her testimony.

        • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

          Brandon Jones,

          OUT OF COURTESY I WILL TYPE I DO NOT KNOW IF YOU MISUNDERSTOOD MY COMMENTARY, OR, IF YOU ARE BEING DECEITFUL. Christian Science Monitor’s post [10:53 AM], REFERRED TO Ms. Jeantel’s testimony AS A “Train Wreck.”

          Mr. Jones, YOUR ARTICLE TITLE, “Rachel Jeantel … Says He Used ‘N-Word’ And ‘Cracker’ To Describe Zimmerman,” IS BIASED BECAUSE THOSE SLURS WERE NOT THE MAIN FOCUS OF Ms. Jeantel’s testimony. THE MAIN FOCUS WAS Mr. Martin TELLING Ms. Jeantel [WHILE ON THE PHONE] THAT HE WAS BEING FOLLOWED AND TRYING TO GET TO HIS FATHER’S FIANCE’S HOUSE.

          NOW, Mr. Jones, THE BALD DEFENSE-ATTORNEY TOLD THE JUDGE HE COULD NOT HEAR/SEE Ms. Jeantel BECAUSE OF AN “OBSTRUCTION;” THE JUDGE TOLD HIM TO MOVE HIS SEAT, BUT, HE HAD TO SIT DOWN. THE ATTORNEY STOOD-UP AGAIN AND THE JUDGE TOLD HIM TO SIT DOWN, AGAIN. THE OTHER DEFENSE ATTORNEY [WITH GLASSES/FACIAL HAIR] IS THE ONE WHO TRIED TO INTIMIDATE Ms. Jeantel BY CONSTANTLY SAYING THE COURT-STENOGRAPHER COULD NOT HEAR HER.

          Mr. Jones, TODAY IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE PAID ATTENTION TO THIS CASE. [It does not interest me]. BUT, THE BIAS SURROUNDING THIS CASE IS FLASHING LIKE A NEON LIGHT.

          CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  6. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

    I JUST WATCHED THESE VIDEOS. AND, IN CONJUNCTION WITH Brandon Jones’ article I WILL TYPE, CAUCASIANS ARE PLAYING A GAME WHICH MAKES THEM LOOK FOOLISH AND BIASED.

    Mr. Jones TYPED,” … her disrespectful attitude toward the defense, her inarticulateness and seeming lack of intelligence.” THAT IS NOT TRUE! ….. PERIOD! Rachel Jeantel WAS ARTICULATE AND COMPREHENDED EVERYTHING THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY ASKED; AND, SHE GAVE DIRECT ANSWERS.

    THE DEFENSE AND CAUCASIANS WHO SUPPORT George Zimmerman ARE ACCUSING Ms. Jeantel AND HER COMMUNITY OF BEING OVERTLY BIASED AGAINST CAUCASIANS. BUT THE TRUTH IS, CAUCASIANS DO NOT UNDERSTAND NEGRO CULTURE – INCLUDING, THE NEGRO CULTURE OF LANGUAGE.

    THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY TRIED TO MAKE A BIG DEAL OUT OF THE FACT Ms. Jeantel DOES NOT CONSIDER “creepy ass cracker” TO BE DEROGATORY. FOR NEGROES – OF ALL AGES – “cracker” IS SYNONYMOUS WITH “White,” “honky,” ETC. [When Negroes want to demean Caucasians, they will utilize a profane word (an “mf-bomb,” etc.) as an adjective before whatever word (name) is chosen as the noun – i.e., “mf’n white boy”]. IN ADDITION, THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY ALSO TRIED TO MAKE A BIG DEAL OUT OF THE FACT Ms. Jeantel DID NOT SAY, “creepy ass cracker” IN THE PRESENCE OF THE ADULT SHE TALKED TO; THE DEFENSE TRIED TO IMPLY Ms. Jeantel DID NOT SAY THE MONIKER IN THE PRESENCE OF THE ADULT BECAUSE SHE KNEW IT WAS OFFENSIVE. THIS SITUATION IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF CAUCASIANS NOT UNDERSTANDING NEGRO VALUES. IN THE NEGRO COMMUNITY, PARENTS TEACH THEIR CHILDREN TO NEVER USE PROFANITY IN THE PRESENCE OF ADULTS – THAT IS WHY Ms. Jeantel DID NOT USE THE MONIKER IN THE PRESENCE OF THE ADULT. THE DEFENSE WAS BEING DECEITFUL BY IMPLYING IT DID NOT UNDERSTAND HOW “creepy” WAS UTILIZED BY Trayvon Martin; FOR Mr. Martin – AND, FOR Ms. Jeantel AND OTHER NEGROES – “creepy” IN THAT SITUATION MEANT “unusual” AND “not a part of the regular environment.”

    IF CAUCASIANS WANT TO CLAIM CAUCASIAN BIAS AGAINST NEGROES IS OVER, THEY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND NEGRO VALUES AND NEGRO USE OF LANGUAGE.

    IF Mr. Zimmerman IS ACQUITTED, A “Rodney King-style” riot MAY BE ON THE HORIZON.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

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