Social-media commentary on Jeantel began nearly as soon as she began to testify. Crass assessments of her weight, looks, and intelligence from some white observers competed with a cocktail of vicarious shame, embarrassment, and disdain from some black ones. Of the abundant ironies that this case has generated, perhaps the most telling are the commonalities that emerged while she was in the courtroom: it brings out the worst in all of us. Her appearance, diction, size, and intelligence were an unspoken but all-encompassing part of the proceedings.
Rachel Jeantel Explained, Linguistically
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Subscriber Account active since. Rachel Jeantel Screenshot 's defense team is not wasting any time in making the prosecution's star witness seem completely unreliable. During the second day of year-old Rachel Jeantel's testimony in the second-degree murder trial, defense attorney Don West was harsh and condescending toward her. At one point, he asked Jeantel if she could read.
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By Rachel Quigley. The credibility of the state's star witness is expected to be called into question following a number of tweets she posted in which she talked about the death of Trayvon Martin, getting high, drink driving and her 'court nails'. Rachel Jeantel took to the stand today at the George Zimmerman trial in Florida to testify about the phone conversation she had with her Trayvon moments before he was shot dead. She denied the pair were boyfriend and girlfriend as they were previously described. Defense attorney Don West used the cross-examination to call her out on lies she had told before.
But Jeantel has made a lot more sense than it may have seemed. The origins of the word in reference to persons as opposed to snacks is obscure, but most likely started when cracking could mean bragging in Elizabethan English. Jeantel may well have heard some whites in Florida using the word for themselves with a kind of in-group pride — just as black people use the N-word that way. The important thing is that it made perfect sense for Martin to use that word to describe a white man chasing him for no reason. Few fully understand that the tension between young black men and the police and by extension, security guards, traffic cops and just about any sort of watchman is the main thing keeping America from getting past race.