Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon Martin’s friend who was on the phone with him moments before he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, testified this week. Zimmerman is on trial for second degree murder for his February 2012 confrontation with Trayvon Martin.
Of course media outlets had a field day making a mockery of Jeantel’s testimony. The banter did not stem from the answers she gave but from her image. Rachel Samara of Russel Simmons’ Global Grind perceived Racel Jeantel as:
“raw, emotional, aggressive and hostile.”
She also went on to say :
“the white jury would not understand the teen’s demeanor. Especially not her defensive nature, and this will unfortunately work against her. Even though it shouldn’t.”
If that was not enough, The Smoking Gun went scooping through Jeantel’s Twitter for a section of their site called “BUSTER.” They went on to highlight deleted tweets from the teen that they categorized as incriminating or embarrassing.
Last but not least, the controversial Olympian, Lolo Jones had to put in her two cents about Rachel Jeantel:
Why did she tweet that? Jones received backlash from Twitter like it was going out of style.
Even Hip Hop scholar Dream Hampton jumped on the bandwagon :
Despite media backlash, support for Rachel Jeantel has been streaming on various social media sites. Check out BlackVoices’ slideshow on how people have been lifting up Rachel during this difficult time.