Exclusive: Rachel Jeantel Talks Life After Zimmerman Trial, Says “With What I Know Now, I Would Have Done A Better Job”

August 11, 2014  |  

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Last year, George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. But before that decision was handed down the public got the chance to hear from the young woman who was the last person to speak with Trayvon before he died, his friend Rachel Jeantel. As she testified during the case, Rachel became a public figure as the media and audiences bullied her with harsh criticisms and unfair labels. As a result of the humiliating ordeal, Rachel received an overwhelming amount of support to better her own needs and accomplish her dreams as a young woman. Now, just one year and one month after the end of the Zimmerman trial, we reached out to Rachel to see how she’s coping after such a life-altering year in 2013 and she revealed to us her career aspirations, what the media didn’t know about her friend Trayvon and what she would have done differently if she had to testify again.

How did you manage the outpouring of support you received after the Zimmerman trial?

Before the case, I did not have the support I have now. I went to a public school and because there were a lot of students my teachers were not always available to help me, individually. But thanks to the support I received after the case, I have greatly improved on my reading level and overall studies. If I can make it, I know others can too. I’ve learned students cannot blame themselves, especially when they ask for help and do not receive it. But a person cannot be stuck or dependent on the teachers to always help them either.

What are your plans for furthering your education?

My plans for school consist of studying more, for right now. I am going to be honest, I still need academic help. But this will help me have a better education and career. Ideally, I would like to be a fashion designer. I like to create my own fashion designs. Also, since I am a plus size girl it is not that easy [to find clothes], so my mother and I will will create different outfits for me.

How have you dealt with becoming a public figure as a result of the trial?

To me, I don’t see myself as a high-profile person. I see myself as a normal person, just like yourself or others. Honestly, nothing has changed. It is what it is. When people see me at Walmart, they usually say “What are you doing here? You’re a star!” And I say back to them, “Stars will shop at Walmart, today!” [laughs] It was only 15 minutes of fame but if people want to believe I am a star, then so be it. But stars don’t always get to do what they want to do.

How have you moved passed the insults that were hurdled at you?

I learned a long time ago people will say what they want to say. But if they are not paying my bills or not doing anything for me, what they say will not hurt me. They are not God and they are not my boss so they can say whatever. I know who I am and the people who associate with me know me as well. It’s funny though, because every time I show up someplace people always tell me “Oh I like you!” But the same people weren’t saying that last year when I was featured for the case. Other people will get really excited and ask if I am the girl from the “Trayvon Martin case.” That really pisses me off because it was not the Trayvon Martin case, it was the George Zimmerman case because Zimmerman was the one being tried on the stand. Not Trayvon. Other than that, people will ask for pictures or even for my number and I say “No!” [laughs] I tell them I have Facebook or Twitter if you want to contact me there.

What’s your favorite memory of Trayvon?

Trayvon was really funny! To be honest, Trayvon was a smart young man. I’m not going to lie, he used to help me with my math schoolwork so my grades could be good. Math was his strong point.

We heard Juror B-29  publicly state she wished she would have voted guilty for George Zimmerman and that her life was  ruined by the trial, what do you think of her comments?

I think she wanted her own 15 minutes of fame. First and foremost, she was a juror. No one put her information out there, she did. I think a lot of people wanted to use the case to build their own platform. As for her, it backfired.

If you had to testify all over again would you do anything differently?

If I had to testify all over again, I would have been more prepared. I was not prepared for the trial last year. especially concerning the media. I know how to deal with the media now, but before then I did not. It was my first time on television. I was not used to the news cameras or paparazzi. Initially I was like “uh nuh!” when they would continuously ask me questions or take pictures. That’s why by time I took the stand, I was just ready to go! It was too much for me. Now I know how to deal with all of the attention. Also I would have learned proper grammar and how I should speak or what should I say when I am on trial. With what I know now, I would have done a better job.

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  • Shawn Merriman

    More fool talk from a fool.

  • tom blue

    shut up you fat pig junior and don’t comment on this and yes I am white Hudson,wi not hard to find

  • Guest

    News flash to Attny. Stink-eye and friends: Many kids are learning “keyboard” rather than “cursive” these days.

    Regarding reading, Rachel Jeantel’s teachers and school administration obviously failed to give this young teen proper support. They are supposed to identify students who struggle in school, test them to identify any specific learning issues, and then provide them with additional support. Our taxpayer dollars pay for this!!

  • Guest

    Making sense and forensics sense:

    Trayvon Martin didn’t attack. The delusional Zimmerman followed and tried to restrain the young black community guest (unknowingly outside the kid’s “home”) — this according to the earwitness, Rachel Jeantel. Martin had made it “home” but had no key — with George jumping him. Trayvon may have pushed George off, and George received his 2 minor head abrasions (back of head) from an object nearby. Then there was a chase from Trayvon’s home and up toward the “T” began. Two other witnesses (Bahadoors) saw/heard them run by and up to the “T” (you know, the “T” where George STARTS his self-serving story of a confrontation). A 4th witness, John Good’s girlfriend, told police/detectives that the screams got louder as they got closer (to where she and John lived near the “T”).

    George’s bloody nose was his own doing. While straddling the innocent, scared and size-disadvantaged screaming kid, he used his non-dominant hand to fire a shot into the kid’s chest. Yes, Witnesses Jayne S., Mary C., and Selma B., that did sound like a kid screaming for help. The gunshot blast residue embedded into Zimmerman’s nose tip (stippling) which then bled downward onto the kid’s exposed undershirt (DNA Evidence, Stain A – Zimmerman’s blood on the undershirt of Trayvon Martin). He fired his gun, the screaming stopped. Zimmerman’s minor head abrasions and nose tip bled vertically downward proving he was in an upright position as he bled (see GZ’s nose tip in the poster-size photos used in the courtroom — how does an internal bleed end up coagulated on the nose tip? It doesn’t.). The scratches on Zimmerman’s forehead appear to be the only injury inflicted by the scared teen. The nick on Zimmerman’s right-side nose bridge looks like a gun recoil injury from using his non-dominant right hand minus extended-arm, double-hand positioning to absorb recoil. A recoil injury explains why the DNA evidence shows Zimmerman’s blood on the grip of his gun and explains why the gunshot blast was SO CLOSE that the gunshot blast residue caused injury and bleeding to Zimmerman’s nose tip. Yep, looks like Zimmerman took his gun in his face. He refused to go for an x-ray for a reason.

    Forensic pathologist DiMaio was Defense-paid, so he never mentioned the scenario of the kid being straddled and his shirt and hoodie pushed up by Zimmerman’s legs — and the hoodie fabric being pulled UPWARD, yes upward, by 2-4″ by the can of juice in the kid’s hoodie pocket.

    To accept Zimmerman’s story is to accept the absurd.

  • Willie_B

    Why does she think anyone cares how she would handle herself on the stand today because it certainly wouldln’t have made any difference for the outcome for her thug boyfriend, TM. When TM jumped Zimmerman for a fight, he lost. These type of thugs who go looking for trouble actually find it and the ending not favorable. The names he called GZ on the phone when talking to Jeantel reflects a “par for the course” for this type of hoodlum behavior. It appears there are many issues in the world that deserve a news story as opposed to one about what this person would or would not do now — Plain and simeple, NO ONE CARES.

  • Dr Raj

    Apparently, (#No_Limit_Nigga) had a limit after all. Trayvon learned a valuable lesson about not attacking people… as they may be armed with a firearm to defend themselves.

  • hdrake

    To me she is the poster girl of double standard it’s racist to use the N word but not if you call a white a cracker.

  • niviico

    Rachel needs to ditch the lawyers and get an agent to represent her… nobody wants to read these fluff pieces about her personal life and it’s glaringly obvious that she’s being prevented from speaking about the case. But the case is what people want to read about, it’s her claim to fame and fortune, and I’m betting there are publishers galore who would offer her a pretty penny for a candid tell-all exclusive about the family, the lawyers, the prosecutors, the DOJ, the behind the scenes manipulations, etc. A guaranteed New York Times best seller!

  • Ron

    She Shrek is in the news again?

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  • Pete Saddoe

    Please try again in English, we don’t speak Ebonics here, Sambo.

    • boyd

      eat sheet and die

  • Pete Saddoe

    This sheboon actually ‘thinks’ she has the ability to …think???

  • robbie jay

    Tarvon was not poor; both his parents had good jobs.

  • robbie jay

    I don’t think Tarvon would have liked being called “boy”, gnome sayin?

    • Males under 18 are routinely called boys, because that’s what they are. Everything has to be racial here, huh?

  • robbie jay

    That’s why I could never understand why DeeDee was never busted for perjury.

    • Shawn Merriman

      Because she was telling the truth.

  • Joury Bell

    singlehandedly blew the case, imo. Chick cannot speak

  • William Mcbride

    Just like in court with “her” cursive writing, I’d like to hear HER read and explain these fantastic thoughtful quotes reproduced. Or has someone written the words for her again? They still keep her off video to shield her from her own stupidity.

  • Bob Harris

    Now she be edumacated, yo

  • boyd

    the only time in my life that I read about a kid with no record, unarmed, not from the area, not in a gang, found with candy.. was intentionally wanting to fight a stranger TO THE DEATH who was driving in a car. Trayvon martin used his pyschic mind powers to lure Zimmerman out from the car and into his Ambush

    bullsheet. Zimmerman the guy with the car and gun made all this happen.

    • Pete Saddoe

      The thug Trayvon attacked a guy who was watching out for burglars and he got what he deserved…an eternity in hell.

      • boyd

        eat poop and die

  • Maria

    Picking on a child don’t you people feel so good about yourselves.

  • Travis Decker

    She would have been more prepared? Meaning she would have lied? The statements she made were the most honest anyone would ever get.

    • Pete Saddoe

      She DID lie, and the sad part of that is that she was too stupid to know the difference.

  • Scott Barton

    Still think it’s comical that the Left still insist Zimmerman “murdered” Martin. Are the Liberals intentionally trying to be stupid, or is it just natural?

    • Jack Friday

      It’s not necessarily a matter of liberalism, it’s more just a matter of preserving the status of victimhood that’s so precious to people these days. When you can hop aboard the Oppressed Bandwagon, you can circumvent any personal responsibility for anything, and brow-beat and shame anyone that doesn’t agree with you.

    • boyd

      It’s a matter of commonsense, something you lack. teenagers, alone , unarmed, not in a gang, don’t walk back from a 7-11 and look for a fight to the death with a stranger. Martin was forced to protect himself.

      I’ve never heard of it before in my life but I grew up in a huge city. Amazing what racists think of minority kids

      • Pete Saddoe

        “minority” kids are about 92% probably out to commit a crime. You can screech ‘racism’ all day long but that does not change facts, knee grows are genetically predisposed to violence, crime and sociopathy. Like the other apes.

        • boyd

          eat manure and die

  • Thetruthurts

    You still can’t Fix Stupid, once a Hood-Rat always a Hood-Rat……. And you can take them out of the Ghetto but you won’t get the Ghetto out of them…. BOTTOM LINE

  • Dan Cin

    Some people call Zimm. a hero. Zimmerman is NG but he did screw up and he IS a life screwup. He can’t even get job cleaning dog poop even as volunteer work. Lesson learned: If you own a gun don’t play neighborhood cowboy- and it’s not only Zimmerman. You will accomplish nothing and put yourself at risk for serious legal problems and prison. If you are carrying a gun and you are able to you should call 911 and (1) stay put [Zimmerman] (2) drive away [Michael Dunn] (3) walk away [Trevor Dooley], or (4) stay away from the front door [Theodore P. Wafer]. Zimmerman was lucky not to go to prison and he still went through legal hell, and no one will have him even for free. The other 3 are ex proud American gun owners who thought they owned the universe but ended up locked up. And if/when they get out…sorry, no more guns for you.

    Own responsibly!

  • memyselfan760

    if she was doing bad people would tell her to go to school or something like that

  • joe kerr

    Sheeits! I’s really miss da Trayvon. He’s wuda been a lawyer or da presimandent n thangs, but the white debbil done shootses him. Now where be da closes mac-donnels? I needs sum mo big maks!

    • robbie jay

      Tarvon be a asternot hi in da sky.

  • Joe

    The ONLY time you need to be “prepared” to testify, is when you are lying!

  • Reed10

    Zimmerman shouldn’t have followed Trayvon, but Trayvon shouldn’t have attacked Zimmerman. Rachel Jeantel assisted in keeping an innocent man from going to jail.

    • boyd

      Trayvon had the right of self-defense. But in America Black kids are not given that right.

      • Reed10

        Trayvon wasn’t being attacked. Zimmerman, on the other hand, was. Black kids do have the right to self-defense, but Trayvon wasn’t attacked.

        • boyd

          eat do-do and die

  • shely b

    George Zimmerman and Joe Horn are national hero’s.

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  • carlo

    run trabon run, you aint like dat no-wayz !

  • James Wolowiec

    She needs more money.

  • Max

    She resembles Tracy Morgan.

  • Guestessess

    How have you moved passed the insults that were hurdled at you? Seriously, Hurdled ? …. I’m thinking more than one person needs to work on their education.

    • Guestesses

      Not to mention “passed”

  • let it die

    Not talks out, mumbles out. Second, why is this news? This has passed, a verdict was made. End of story.

  • Al Simmons

    Still dumb as a rock

  • Oliver Gasior

    I knew when I was watching the trial she just wanted to be a celebrity. Why is the media too stupid to see when someone wants the camera up their a55, and why does the media matter so much

    • Shawn Merriman

      Where did you see this at. You are the only one that saw this.

  • lugnut

    Arguing with racist about who was at fault is pointless, because they believe any black person should be murdered for absolutely no reason at all, other then the color their skin. They can see nothing else. Which by the way, will be their down fall.

    • golfinnc

      to continue that logic: Any black man killed by a non black man must have been for racist intent.
      Circular logic if ever there was any.

    • Bob Honiker

      Trayvon physically assaulted Zimmerman simply because his feelings got hurt. I’m surprised that Zimmerman waited so long to shoot.

      • boyd

        he fought Zimmerman because he was scared. rightfully so. as women have told Police he scares them

        • Bob Honiker

          There is no evidence to even suggest that.

          • boyd

            I owned teenagers at one time I know. Yes that’s what happened.
            No bigots in a historically racist part of this country will tell me otherwise.

          • boyd

            hey LOW IQ Idiot . 3 women told Police they were scared of ZIMMERMAN, His wife, the first girlfriend and the new one NO woman said that about TRAYVON, Jeantel liked him and said he was nice.,

            your a liar like Zimmerman and have a stupid name.

            .

          • boyd

            no worries buddy I just keep voting democrat, never for anyone you want…..and keep them immigrants a coming.

    • Pete Saddoe

      You are a god damned racist lying prick. And that’s de troof.

  • lugnut

    Rachel speaks at least 3 languages, yet because she stumbled under questioning in court, where most of us without being prepared, these dumb racist call her dumb. Heck, we all speak broken english, Ya’ll.

    • T. A.

      Yeah, no she doesn’t. She went to school her whole life here and can’t speak English. How is she proficient in 3 to 5 other languages?

    • Pete Saddoe

      Ebonics and Gutter don’t count.

      • boyd

        eat your grand mom’s do do and die

  • DTurtle

    Who wrote this interview? This fat, ignorant girl can’t complete a sentence, much less speak the English language properly. Looks like Yahoo BS reporters again. Star, yeah to all of the other fat trash that shops at Wal-Mart for their pound of potato salad. Go EBT cards.

    • Shawn Merriman

      But she can speak five different languages fluently. How many can you speak? She has a dream and you write on blogs. How sad is your life.

  • Larry Mondelo

    welcome back Henrietta hippo

    • Shawn Merriman

      Welcome back Dumb A Larry Mondelo

  • Guestest

    Lol, i see the hateful white people are all over this story today… Get help!

  • Oahu Surfer

    Reporter: “Ms. Jeantel, how do you feel about the fact that, since Trayvon incident, nearly 10,000 blacks have been murdered in the U.S.–BY OTHER BLACKS?”

    Jeantel: “Well, I be like, who gives a sh!t, ‘cos you know da real issue is if a white person kills a n_gg_, that’s where it’s REALLY at, ‘cos then we gets money and attention. Besides, that way we don’t really have to work to improve the black race, ‘cos it’s easier to trade off white guilt and live easy off the gubmint.”

    • James

      Oh look, guys, another racist white guy who makes a beeline to EVERY article about racial issues to spam the comment boards with his valuable (racist) insights into how the black community works, feels and functions. I mean, who would know better than a white supremacist like Oahu Surfer?

  • alasnackbar

    This turd talked him into the fight …She should have been charged…

    • Shawn Merriman

      And I’m sure you have proof of this.

  • Sadden American 2002

    Does anyone really think these were her own words and not the edited version? The author makes her out to be very articulate; we ALL know how her vocabulary is that of a 10 year old. Not sure how the author is connected to Jental, but sure seems as if Fox were getting paid to promote Jental’s point of view… movie rights percentage?

    • Shawn Merriman

      Not bad for a person who speaks five different languages. Oh, and by the way, how many do you speak?

      • bulldog4857

        Clearly English isn’t one of them.

        • Shawn Merriman

          You want to make fun of someone’s English. Seriously?? At least she can speak English and four other languages. You couldn’t make it in a Chinese restaurant if I gave you an interpreter and a seeing eye dog. You got a lot of nerve trying to make fun of someone else’s English. Why don’t you go back to pulling wings off of butterflies.

          • bulldog4857

            “Also I would have learned proper grammar and how I should speak..”
            If I were living in China, or even a Chinese restaurant, I would make the effort to learn and speak the language properly. She has not. How do you know she speaks any other language more fluently if this is the example?

      • Over Lord

        Can you provide an audio clip of her speaking these languages? I’ve only heard her attempt to speak English, and that didn’t go well. So I really hope it’s not one of the 5 she claims to be fluent in

        • shawn

          No, I don’t have an audio clip. Do you have an audio clip of you speaking one language? Yeah, I thought so. Try not to make your stupidity look so apparent.

      • MoeHamhead

        That just means she can sound stupid to more people.

        • Shawn Merriman

          And what does this say about you.

  • paul cuzz

    “insults that were hurdled at you?”
    Lol.

    • Shawn Merriman

      Does not matter. The girl will get a job before you.

      • TheWhiteVoice

        Yeah because of affirmative action and “diversity” quotas.

        • Shawn Merriman

          No because she is smarter than you.

      • T. A.

        She will never have a job, not even wally world wants this fat retarded cow. Only an idiot would keep spouting that she speaks 5 languages when that is clearly a lie. She has went to school in the US her whole life and can’t even speak or read English, where would she have learned these other languages?

        • Shawn Merriman

          From her family. The same way that children who have parents from other countries learn. Also, you must be a good looking man from the way you write. How about sending us some picture since you look so good.

          • T. A.

            Nice timely comeback you moron. So, her family taught her five languages but English isn’t one of them? She testified in court that she cannot read cursive English, the language her own letter was written in. Tell me again how smart she is.

            • Shawn Merriman

              It’s not unusual for people who are either from or born in families from other countries to have some problems with English. But the sheer fact that they do know other languages and can diverse with other people from other countries in the united states is a great skill. Most 500 companies pay a lot for this. To answer your question for the fifth time; she still smarter than you. I know you are retarded but do you get it now?

              • T. A.

                you idiot the word you are looking for is converse, not diverse. you speak about as well as she does. the whole point is we all saw her on tv, she can barely speak legible English despite having been raised in the US from age 5, and can’t read her own words in cursive. she’s a fat moron.

                • shawn

                  HA HA HA HA HA HA HA This is coming from the guy who posted “She a fat retard.” You meant “She is a fat retard or She’s a fat retard.” And by the way, there is no such thing as “Retard.” You’re a fool T.A. You’ve been riding this young lady for months and you can’t even read and write. Do yourself a favor and take care of your own backyard before jumping into some else’s. I’m sure your mother told you that when you were a child. But then again, if she is anything like you, maybe not.

                  • T. A.

                    Is she your girlfriend? You keep defending this cow. Hopefully she is dead in a ditch by now. I pray that they sterilized after that court fiasco.

            • shawn

              She’s very smart. A lot smarter than you it appears.

          • T. A.

            so in 12 years living in the US she learned 5 other languages but not English, the only language spoken by 99% of schools, businesses and people. yeah that makes sense.

            • shawn

              Not to you because you are a fool.

  • gatorbob62

    Question 4: Past, not passed. Hurdled?

    • Shawn Merriman

      What you want? a cookie

  • Ivor Biggun

    Who translated the interview into English from whatever the heck sounds she used to make.

    • Shawn Merriman

      Who cares?

  • boyd

    she speaks 5 languages she’ll be fine. This country is going Spanish. She has a better chance to make it, than a racist country boy from Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama,Missisippi who only speaks english. Try getting a job in Miami…..yeah your’re stuck a bigot, with a southern accent. and only one language

    • T. A.

      Not so much, she doesn’t speak anything fluently. She is ignorant and uneducated.

      • boyd

        you don’t know squat. she does not have to speak well enough to do speeches or be on TV.

        there are tons of places who need interpreters Plenty of white english only managers hire immigrants and need people who can communicate in their language. In Lousiana,Texas, Florida a Human resources person who speaks french, Spanish, creole is valuable

        • T. A.

          She doesn’t speak any of those, that’s the point. It was only a PR move to say she did. She went to English speaking only schools since she was about 5 years old, and still can’t speak clearly or read cursive. Who is to blame for that? Where would she have learned all the other languages? Can’t speak English clearly but speaks 4 other languages, I don’t think so.

        • T. A.

          But she doesn’t speak those languages, that’s the problem. She has lived and went to school in America her whole life but doesn’t speak or read English proficiently. Where would she have learned all these other languages? And seriously, creole, a pidgin language made up by swamp dwellers who couldn’t pronounce the right words properly. it’s the ebonics of the swamp.

  • Gar Dog

    “How have you moved passed the insults that were hurdled at you?”
    That’s an actual sub-headline in this article written by someone that is supposed to be a professional writer and quite possibly had a degree in journalism.
    Just what the phok does “hurdled at you” mean? It’s a phoking bigger and bolder subhead and the writer, editors, or proofreaders can’t catch that?

    • Gringao

      I can scarcely believe it….”passed?” “hurdled?” Illiterates.

    • justaman

      The editor is named “Spell Check”.

  • Bobby

    She will 450+ pound cow by 35 & dead by 50. They can bury her next to the thug

    • Shawn Merriman

      Your fat lip weighs 450+

  • Leon

    What! No mention of Creepy Old White Dudes or Crackers? The only thing this proves is… Lauren R. D. Fox can Translate Ebonics into English.

    • Shawn Merriman

      We don’t know what you mean. Maybe you should learn English a little more.

  • kcy2014

    Trayvon Martin: worth more dead than alive.

    • Shawn Merriman

      I see Sabbath school has really paid off on you.

  • Barbara

    I am so happy to see that this young woman is doing well. The defense attorneys in the case should be ashamed at not preparing her better for the trial. What was done to her and the resulting comments, from which I see in this comment section are still occuring, was so wrong. I wish her all the best in the world and know she will thrive.

    • paul cuzz

      You realize she wasn’t working for the defense? Altho it seemed like it. I feel sorry for her but she should have been more truthful from the beginning.

      • Shawn Merriman

        She was truthful from the beginning, but hey, don’t let facts get in the way of your rant.

        • Over Lord

          Shawn, you should probably invest some time in learning before posting. She admited under cross examination that she lied about writing the letter to Sabrina Fulton. She’s a proven liar, and you’re a proven idiot

          • sam

            Let me go ahead an blow your theory out of the water. She said that she heard Trayvon Martin say “Why are you following me man.” The 911 Operator said she heard the same thing and informed George Zimmerman to stop following Martin. At that point GZ shut off his phone. Also, as far as this lie is told. She stated that she did not want to hurt TM’s parent. That is understandable. Not like the lie that GZ told and got busted by a judge for. Oh, and how long did GZ’s wife spend in jail for lying to the judge. Now that I have blown your theory out of the water and made you cry. Maybe you need to educate yourself on the facts before talking about things you obviously know nothing about.

  • Frank_Wilson

    She wants to be a fashion designer? Is that is all she aspires to do? Wow…

    • StraightShooter

      She can have dreams.

  • Ron West

    I think this would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the great contributions of the Black community to our society. Their peaceful and generous nature make them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture. Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people. Real estate values are fueled by the mix of African Americans into an area due to their caring and respectful nature of these communities, an example of all they have achieved through their enthusiasm for self improvement by hard work and a self-reliant can-do nature. Without their industrious and creative drive, we would be poorer as a nation.

    • boyd

      their contribution to win the civil war, 30% of 250,000 men died in 1 year to save this country , only to be rewarded with a different form of slavery.

      And their contribution to save the world from Germany and Japan only to come home and be treated as 2nd class citizens.

      Why, I am surprised they did not revolt and act like the Palestinians.or ISIS. Seems like all the different cultures that come here now and only looking out for themselves.

    • James

      Is this stormfront copypasta or something? I’ve seen this exact comment crop up on a few other articles about the black community and it’s always posted by racist, right wing prats like you.

      Next you’re going to tell me that anti-racist is a codeword for anti-white.

    • lugnut

      Well, i’ll take this wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks to my GGG Grandfather and uncle contribution along with the rest of the 1st colored infantry and slaves, during the civil war, when they beat the sheeet out of those Texas regiments at Milliken Bay outside of Vicksburg Mississippi and sent the ones left, running back to Texas.That battle played the biggest part in defeating the south. So big, some southern generals felt they should stop the war and surrender at that point.They should have, because It was down hill for the confederates from there forward.

      • shely b

        lol, What happened, did you stop reading after public school? It deams you may have a decent story but you can tell you have no clue what the civil war was about.

    • lugnut

      And we’re going to make it, despite all the little devil racist like you have done to hold us back. And another thing, we are getting stronger as we comment, despite all the negative things you read in the media. College attendance for black people has risen over 1200% since the 60s. What, are you worried we will quickly out pace dumb little racist like yourself? 270 years of slavery, followed by another 110 years of jim crow, but within 39 years after jim crow technically ended, nearly all of us are smarter than you,

      • T. A.

        Good luck with that homeboy. Try to not get shot hanging out in the hood this weekend. That’s your race’s greatest accomplishment.

        • Helena_Handbasket

          I don’t know.. Africans figured out that the earth was round, and correctly calculated it’s size with only a 9 mile margin of error. This is when Europeans were mostly running around in untreated animal skins, dressing their hair with rancid butter, and shaking spears at each other.
          S’true

          • T. A.

            Really? Because Africans still live in grass huts and have zero inventions or innovations in ten thousand years, but Americans have been to the moon and our country is 200 years old. Hunt with a spear or fly to the moon? Who is more advanced?

            • Shawn Merriman

              Let’ see. it was African Americans who came up with the whole blood type, blood transfusion. Have you ever donated blood or received blood from anyone? It was also African Americans who came came up with the theory and actually performed organ transport. It was African Americans who saved the country during the “Dust Bowl: crisis by using crop rotations and growing food without using soil. it was also African Americans who came up with the theory of alternative energy and that crops such as peanuts can be turned in to fuel. As a matter of fact, it was Blacks who used plants to make plastice, cloth, etc. I don’t know anything about spears but I do know that if it wasn’t for African Americans who would have died of any blood pathogen disease that came your way. Is there anything else you want to say or do I need to educate you further. I will go ahead and give you your BA degree in “Wow, I learned something today.” Now you can go ahead and shut the H$$$ up. It is better to be thought of as a fool then to open your mouth and actually prove to be one. You can shut up now fool.

              • T. A.

                You are a moron. Really, you are talking about Black Americans, not Africans from Africa. People who still live in Africa do nothing for global improvement, in 2000 years, no advancements. Every word I said is absolutely true.

                • Shawn Merriman

                  No, it is not true. Africans from Africa have made advancements in science medical research, and engineering. About a third of all the world’s engineers come out of Africa. Advancements in AIDS and cancer research have come out of Africa. Just because you are ignorant of the facts does not mean that you are telling the truth.

                  • T. A.

                    No, AIDS came from Africa, AIDS research is driven by countries who are now suffering from it. All funding and science comes from 1st world countries, not Africa. There is no engineering coming from Africa, hence the still living in grass huts thing. They can’t even produce a quart of safe drinking water a day, let alone contribute to the world.

                    • Shawn Merriman

                      Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha. Please provide me with proof of this considering the fact that no one else knows where AIDS came from. Also, give me proof that people in Africa live in grass huts. Also, over half the world’s fuel and energy come from Africa. Why don’t you educate yourself on the facts before talking about things you obviously know nothing about.

                    • T. A.

                      Jesus, you are a moron. Since day one it has been established that AIDS originated in Africa, there is no disputing that fact. Secondly, have you ever seen TV? It is also common knowledge that outside the few industrial cities the indigenous people still live in huts and literally hunt with spears. Stop spouting off your ignorance.

                    • Shawn Merriman

                      And that is your problem right there. You saw it on TV instead of researching it yourself. TV has said a lot of things over the year about where AIDS have come from. First, it came from the Gay Community. Then it came from a Gay Canadian. Then it came from a man having sex with an animal. Then it came as a curse from God against gay people. If you had bothered to read such things as the New England Journal of Medicine you would have learned that scientists do not know where the AIDS virus came from. They have now just found out that the first AIDS cases can be traced back to the 1930’s. The first one was in the 1960’s in the US. The whole “AIDS came from Africa” thing is a product of the 1980’s. There was a huge number of people with AIDS but that was mostly due to poverty and lack of resources and not the cause of it. Also, as far as Africa is concerned,it is a continent comprised of many countries. Some of which have more money than the US. Please name the countries with the huts and spears. I lived in Africa for over thirty years and I don’t know anyone who lives in huts and hunts with spears. But if that was true then it would be much better than the US because there are people here who can’t even afford the hut. I asked you for facts and you gave me nothing. Since you appear to be retarded I will ask you again. If you have proof of all of this please provide us with this.

                    • T. A.

                      you are a effing idiot, you lived in Africa for 30 years but never saw a hut or spear? I would give anything if the internet wasn’t anonymous, people like you are garbage.

                    • shawn

                      And people like you are fools.

    • Shawn Merriman

      According to the US Census bureau, 47% of minorities are at or below poverty level. 57% of White are at or below poverty level. Last year, more minorities enrolled in college than White students. More White people are on government assisted programs than minorities. Is there anything else you want to say Ron West or do you need me to educate you again on the facts.

      • TheWhiteVoice

        Perhaps because there are more younger non-Whites in this country than Whites and more Whites in general than non-Whites. Why is it that non-Whites cannot understand the concept of per capita.

        Now since you appear to be a good researcher, why don’t you look up the following:
        -Average reading levels by race
        -Average graduation rate by race
        -Average time to earn a bachelors degree by race
        -Violent crimes per 100,000 by race

        Ah, no, you won’t. You’ll probably just call me a name find a way to make it seem that White people have this agenda to keep Blacks and other non-Whites from being able to read, excel in academic environments and target them while policing.

        #Yawn.

        • Shawn Merriman

          Actually I did. According to the US Department of Education. There are a higher percentage of Blacks and Latinos going to college than Whites. Also, there were over 200 colleges across the country where not only did Blacks and Latinos outperform their white counterparts they also outperformed their asian counterparts. As far as calling you a racist name or resorting to unfair treatment; I don’t have to. When dealing with me, you either come correct or you get schooled. thank-you for allowing me to educate you.

      • Ron West

        Yeah, all those white ghettos, they’re everywhere. A waste is a terrible thing to mind. Maybe you need to take a midnight stroll in South Chicago then tell me all your crap education.

        • Shawn Merriman

          Actually, Ron West, there a lot of White ghettos across America. The last time I checked they outnumbered all of the others, 5 to 1. As far as my crap education is concerned, I notice you did not have argument for it. Is it because you do not have one or are you just resorting to racial stereotypes to make up for your lack of intelligence. Oh, and by the way I do live in South Chicago and I do take a stroll at night. You see, Ron, not all of Chicago is a bad place to live. You should stop looking at Fox News. Anyway, just chalk it to one more thing among many other things you do not know about life. But hey, don’t let your rants get in the way of your intelligence. Oops, I’m sorry, you’ve already done that.

          • Ron West

            Just move on shawn, go get some skittles.

            • Shawn Merriman

              No Ron, go read a book.

    • Shawn Merriman

      Yes, let us give praise to White society and their wonderful benefits as well. I can actually go to an elementary school, civic center, high school, movie theatre, or university without being shot. I can actually invest my money without it being stolen. I can also walk down the street without being killed by a serial killer and being cut up for food. Yes, lets all give praise to White society.

  • Jackson

    Lied to a jury 3 times, changed her story several times during the trial, had a bad attitude. Not whitey’s fault. Nice try.

    • boyd

      Bullsheet. Zimmerman lied, he lied last week about being asked to guard a gun shop. Every story Zimmerman tells someone says different Even Frank Taafe changed his tune on Zimmerman, said he hunted the kid because he was Black.

      I can’t wait until someone he messes with files charges on him.

      • paul cuzz

        Maybe he did lie, but how did he get the evidence to match his story and the witnesses that were there? He did pass 2 polygraphs and convinced the investigators that he was telling the truth. Who knows what Taafe’s agenda is? Maybe another book?

        • Shawn Merriman

          Where are you getting your information??!!!! You are lying out of your mouth. You need to stop watching Fox News.

          • shely b

            You are a funny guy. Here is a fact….GZ was acquitted on all charges and you still think he is guilty. Fox news didn’t tell me that, you told me that. Self defense is not murder, stand your ground played no part in this case and GZ and Joe Horn are true American hero’s.

            • Shawn Merriman

              Not as funny as you. Let me go ahead and blow your theory out of the water. if you think that because GZ was found not guilty in a court of law that he must be innocent. Wait for it, how do you feel about O.J. Simpson. Based on your theory he is innocent. See how stupid you really are. Silly rabbit, tricks are for kids.

        • boyd

          wow do you lie at work too?

        • boyd

          you fitted what O’Meara wanted you to hear around the “evidence”

          polygraphs are not admissible, I know this because I’m smarter than YOU.
          Taafe agenda? he lost his last surviving son in a car accident and broke down then told the truth about YOUR boy.

        • Shawn Merriman

          What???? Please recite the source where he took 2 polygraphs. What eyewitnesses? There were only three and they backed up TM.One said that she heard TM crying for help. The other said that she thought that GZ was on top of TM. Please stop lying.

      • T. A.

        He actually didn’t lie about having permission to sit at that gun store. The owner gave an interview this week saying that GZ has been helping watch the place at night with his permission.

      • Jackson

        What exactly did he lie about? As far as the gun you mention I watched the police video and the police officer asked im did the owner hire you and he said no. The officer then said, ” You are doing this as a friend?” Z then said yes. No lie. My point earlier was that there are many millions of young African American women who deserved help more than Jaentel. A man was on trial for his life and she deliberately lied and changed her story. If it was you on trial would you want a witness to lie and change her story? Would you want a witness like that to be rewarded?

  • max

    Big fat critter.

    • Shawn Merriman

      And here is another Einstein giving his point of view.

  • sugamorgan

    She was dumb as dust a year ago how she be so articulate now those are NOT her words someone rewrote what she said. Rachel is the reason Zimmerman is FREE today her dumb no class,no reading,no common sense A#$%^ put Trayvon in the same boat with her in the eyes of the jury dumb,stupid and needing to be dealt with.

    • StraightShooter

      You seem dumb as dust today.

  • Julianna Elias

    This comment area is a cesspool.

    • bigbanglasers

      It’s great!

  • tyrone

    there is no way people should be lacking education in this age, she’s dumb because she chooses to be.

    • sugamorgan

      You are 1000% right people born today can get a good education if they WANT IT stay in school and out of trouble STOP making excuses for YOUR bad judgment.

      • Shawn Merriman

        I agree. GZ needs to admit what he did.

        • Travis Decker

          He did admit it. He was attacked by a racist thug, had his head bashed into the ground repeatedly and he fired his weapon in self defense.

          • Shawn Merriman

            No, you see GZ never got checked out by medical professionals so we don’t know. He said he almost died but he never got checked out so we know he was not hurt because hurt people get checked out. Also, a medical examiner looked at the photos and said that his injuries was a resort of someone cutting themselves in the head and not the result of a head bashing. Hey, wait a minute, we can clear this up by having GZ be seen by a medical examiner. But wait, he refused to do this, I’m sorry

            • Travis Decker

              Facts show that GZ shot UP which proves martin was on top of him and gz had his back on the ground. GZ had 3 lacerations to the back of his head, a busted lip, and a broken nose. All of the evidence leads to believe that gz was being attacked. The medical examiner stated that the lacerations could be from the concrete. You are just believing what you want to believe.

              With those injuries, on your back, what would you do?

              While someone is on top of you beating you senseless and you don;t know if they are going to stop.
              If you believe gz….. Martin stated that he was going to kill him.

              In the same situation with a loaded weapon you would probably have done the same thing.

              Whether GZ should have ever left the truck is a totally different argument.

              • Shawn Merriman

                That’s only if you believe GZ’s side of the story. And we know he wouldn’t lie. We don’t know what GZ had because he never got checked out by a medical professional. Not someone at the police department; a real medical professional. Do you understand that? These people would have examined him and would have given a better explanation of what happened. The fact that he did not do this is suspect. He got to get his cake and eat it to. He got to claim self-defense without really proving it. Also, getting out of the truck does play a part in this. GZ was told by a 911 Operator to leave TM alone. He refused to do this and even lied to the 911 Operator that he was not following TM. He was not a police officer and was not a member of community watch. TM was not committing a crime and was minding his own business.This helps prove that GZ had a disrespect for authority. TM was the one that was using restraint. He walked away from GZ when he started to harress him. This is not a totally different argument. I’m sorry that you don’t understand this.

    • Eliza J

      Things I learned about Rachel from actually watching the trial. She’s not dumb. She speaks 5 languages. She is not a native American. English is not her 1st or native language. She was a young woman thrown into a tough situation by prosecutors who did not prepare her because they actually wanted to lose. I could call you dumb too for not knowing how to write a sentence correctly.

      • sugamorgan

        The way Rachel looks,acts,& talks represent what White America thinks about ALL black Americans they think that’s the norm.Its not TRUE but when people are so uneducated and they are the ones that the media shows every day white really think that’s true.Until people STOP making excuses for the blacks who chose not to contribute to society and call them out for being a stone around the neck of blacks who are doing the right thing blacks will NEVER prosper

        • Eliza J

          I get what you are saying. There were many things wrong with her testimony and it was sad that she was not aware of how important her testimony would be. She is not dumb though. We know very little about her life to judge her. She has been working hard to improve her life and take the lessons she learned to change for the better. She is not an African American! She is an immigrant. Yes, the media played a role in trying to characterize her as another dumb black person and black people just went along. We should have been defending her not helping them assassinate this young girls character. How many white Americans speak 5 languages? The media has an agenda. It won’t matter if 99% of blacks are successful and look a certain way, they will still seek out stories to fit their narrative and sell fear to white people. It’s the same reason why they took one picture of Trayvon with the fake gold teeth and turned him into a thug. A kid who went his entire life known as a nice, good kid.

          • Sue Howell

            Perhaps she speaks five languages; I don’t know. What I do know is that since she chooses to live in America her primary language should be English. She should work diligently to master it instead of spouting that jibberish I’ve heard her using.

          • Jeff L

            @Eliza: Huh? Are you sure you’re talking about the same incident? Because everything I read portrayed it ENTIRELY different – Zimmerman was cast as a cold-blooded racist murderer who purposely shot and killed an innocent, unarmed young boy that was walking along carrying iced tea and skittles. For months before the trial, the media was showing pictures of Trayvon when he was 12 years old along! Not the 17yo, 160lb and nearly 6′ tall football player he actually was at that time. They modified the audio clip of Zimmerman’s recorded call to police dispatch to make it sound as if he was specifically targeting a black male – which the media soon admitted and apologized, but it was too late – Zimmerman was getting inundated with death threats, and even Hollywood celebrities and the U.S. President were aligned against him. The only wise thing Zimmerman did after his one disastrous TV interview was that he decided to shut up and wait for the trial, but he had to stay in hiding. It was only when the trial unfolded, esp with Jenteal’s testimony, that the ordeal was cast in a substantially different light, with Trayvon shown to ultimately be the aggressor that initiated the final, fatal confrontation.

        • Love&Light

          You sound very ignorant. Your entire premise is based on the opinions of whites. Basically respectability politics, which are inherently ignorant and shows self-hate/admiration for whiteness on the part of the person who wants to adhere to them. Rachel Jeantel is NOT me, she is NOT you and she isn’t the person under me either. Black people are NOT a monolithic group, African-Americans are NOT a monolithic group. You call Rachel uneducated, yet you let people off the hook who extrapolate a person or select group of people to an entire group of about 50 million Americans? That’s uneducated on your part and the people you wish to please. Frankly, I could care less about what stereotypes white people have about black people, about what non-africans have about africans, about what nigerians have of congolese people, about what men have about women. None of those groups I named are monolithic. Therefore, the person extrapolating one or a few people to the entirety of that group, are ignorant and problematic and worth none of my time to begin with. The sooner black people realize THAT is we they will prosper. Do you, and do better for yourself, instead of trying to kiss up to some white people.

        • Ships and airplanes leave North America for Africa every day. If you head to Liberia the trip is even free!

      • paul cuzz

        True English isn’t her 1st language but she came to the US before she started school. Its not like she was FOB. The prosecutors wanted to win so bad they broke the law and could have been guilty of prosecutorial misconduct.

        • Shawn Merriman

          I got news for you paul cuzz, there are people who have lived in the US for years who still have trouble mastering English. But again she speaks five different languages and could probably get a job before you in any country. You need to educate yourself.

      • TheWhiteVoice

        She was surely proficient in racial slang. “Nig_a, Cracka” etc..

        Perhaps she ought to pick up a real dictionary, not read Urban Dictionary.

    • Barbara

      That comment makes you pretty damn dumb and clueless.

    • boyd

      how many languages do you know? 0.

      • T. A.

        If it’s only one then that is still one more than her.

    • StraightShooter

      Not sure if you have been in an inner city school, but I volunteer in one. To be honest the teachers aren’t motivated and the students aren’t given the same opportunities as students in a surban area. It’s a lot more complex than someone choosing to be dumb. At the university I attend some inner city students come in having graduated a valedictorian, but are taking remedial classes. Even people that are trying in underserved schools still aren’t receiving the quality education that our government is supposed to provide.

      • TheWhiteVoice

        Perhaps the teachers are not motivated because the students are out of control?

        Do you seriously think that White teachers or teachers in general walk into a classroom and go “Hmm, how can I hold down these non-Whites today.”

        Of course not, that is nonsense.

        All of that gibberish is merely a ploy to ascribe blame for the failures and shortcomings of non-Whites ON Whites.

        • StraightShooter

          Teachers are not motivated because the pay is not good in certain areas. All teachers are not white by the way. If the students in these neighborhoods are inclined to seek out a formal education I’m not sure why you would label them as “out of control”. Open a history book nearly all of the problems in the world have been caused by white people. You obviously have an agenda like most white people. Your statement is not well thought out. Lastly just because you are white doesn’t invalidate what I said. Kiss off creepy cracker.

          • TheWhiteVoice

            Typical bitter non-White trying to validate and assert their existence by half-heartedly intellectualizing the unintellectualizable. Your HATRED is hatred regardless of whether you prop it up with nonsense you learned in your community college or on your Black power internet communities.

            Also, where would the world be had White people never come into existence?

            • StraightShooter

              I do have a great disdain for white people. Never said I don’t. Your moniker says it all, did you believe that your comment would change my mind? I won’t turn the other cheek and pretend that I’m not tired of white people. Your community college jest is humorous. I’m glad that you can at least tell that I’m educated. Perhaps you should educate yourself then you could understand my viewpoint instead of trying to alleviate white people from responsibility.

              • TheWhiteVoice

                Then live in Africa in a mud hut, drink AIDS water that you carry in buckets on your head.

                • philly

                  Knew that was coming…lol can successfully defend your point resort too insults…lol

                • Shawn Merriman

                  You need to stop watching Tarzan movies.

            • Shawn Merriman

              The world would still go on with or without you.

    • Shawn Merriman

      She can speak two different language fluently. What about you?

      • robbie jay

        Are Ebonics and Gullah actually recognized as real languages? Have any books been written in either?

        • Shawn Merriman

          I don’t know. Are you as big a fool as you sound? I think so, and I don’t even have to read a book to tell you that you are.

  • Jeanie Rossi

    LMAO! The laughing stock on the stand! Even trayvon’s parents were laughing at her. She made a a** out of herself!!!!!

    • Guestest

      And that just brings so much joy to your heart doesn’t it…

      • Bless child

        Guestest, I feel sorry for her smh

        • Guestest

          I feel sorry for a lot of the people commenting on this thread.. They act like they are so above Rachel and people who look/act like her but they just don’t know that they are lower than her because of their disgusting hateful comments!

          • Uh, we ARE “so above” Rachel. We have jobs and pay taxes, can read cursive, add & subtract, speak English and didn’t need a platoon of mentors just to get a nearly worthless high school diploma.

            • Guestest

              I can do all of that and i still do not believe that i am above her. You are not above anyone! I don’t understand people who think the way you do. You people get some kind of happiness out of believing that you are above someone because of how they talk and look! Smh. We are all human beings and some may be smarter and better looking than others or have better jobs than others but that doesn’t make them better or above. Smh at you!

  • scumby

    How many of you have finally realized this whole thing is a another hoax? there was no Trayvon Martin and Zimmerman is actually a CIA actor.

    • Real Mountain Dew

      Zimmerman was also the second gunman on the grassy knoll. Not sure if you all knew that.

    • sugamorgan

      Zimmerman killed that kid. Trayvon was no saint but he had a RIGHT to walk home without a gun toting FOOL following him.How the fight started only two people know and one is dead.But had Zimmerman WAITED for the cops like 911 ask him too maybe Trayvon would be alive today.

      • Silly Liberals

        Martin was a Jr thug and got exactly what he deserved.

        • Barbara

          Yeah and George Zimmerman has proven to be an upstanding citizen since this has all happened. Get a clue and a life.

          • paul cuzz

            Yes he has, he even helped pull a family out of a overturned vehicle.

            • dkt53311

              I don’t know if it’s true or not but I’ve heard that the family was already out of the SUV when Zimmerman came on the scene. I do know that the family wants nothing to do with George Zimmerman.

            • Shawn Merriman

              He has also been questioned by police for assault and threatening other people.

              • paul cuzz

                True but those turned out to be baseless.

            • Shawn Merriman

              So did Trayvon Martin. He saved his father from an apartment fire. He also volunteered at many of his high school functions. He took advance classes at his high school and even took joint classes between his high school and the local aviation school in his town. What’s your point?

              • paul cuzz

                The point is that sometimes people do good and sometimes they dont.

                • Shawn Merriman

                  That would be true for GZ.

          • Ask the family that Zimmerman help pulled form a burning SUV after the trial if they wished it was someone else who saved their lives.
            Yes Zimmerman made mistakes and I am NO supporter of Zimmerman. I personally think he is going to crack under the pressure and he will shoot someone again (JMHO).

            The JURY and the folks who were at the trial each and every day and those few who have ready the entire court transcripts, witness testimony, etc… are even qualified to speak as to his innocence or guilt.

            • Shawn Merriman

              Yeah, lets also talk to the women he abused and see what they say. George Zimmerman saving a family means nothing to me because he was trying to be a hero from day one. That is why he killed T. Martin. Get a life and a clue.

              • Funny that Mr. Zimmerman has ZERO convictions in his whole lifetime if he’s doing all these evil deeds you describe.

                • lottogirl846

                  Trayvon Martin had ZERO convictions in his whole lifetime; however, Georgie boy HAD been in trouble with the law before this incident (several times).

                  • Trayvon was a minor so there’s no way of knowing what mischief he was up to, since the record is sealed. Or are you saying you have “insider knowledge” that the rest of us are not privy to? Mr. Zimmerman has had NO “trouble with the law” that ever resulted in a conviction, therefore, in our country, he is 100% totally innocent. You didn’t learn that in school?

                    • hmmm

                      Wrong junior juvenile records are no longer sealed and have not been since the 21st century begin – people who support GZ killing Travon are like Fox News reporters they just say things all over the place and for the most part now their targeted audience will take at face value as fact. Bring is some data analysis to support your statements sometimes people.

                    • Helena_Handbasket

                      Okay.. let’s make sure I’m clear on what you’re saying here.

                      IF Trayvon has no conviction record, he’s still probably been up to “mischief” that’s been concealed from us, because of your utterly false belief that juvenile records are still sealed..
                      BUT, the man who has a long documented history of violence and crazy behavior is 100% innocent because there was no conviction.

                      Please do explain the basis of this double standard? I mean, it couldn’t POSSIBLY be race, right? You’re not a racist, right? Here’s an opportunity to prove unracist you are by giving your “real” reasoning for your double standard. I mean, you can do that, right? You’ll surely have a reason that has nothing to do with race, right? Let’s hear it, my dear 😀

                    • robbie jay

                      What do you know about the stolen jewelry or the Baker Act?

                    • Shawn Merriman

                      What do you know about TM not being charged for stolen jewelry? Is there anything else you want to say or have been educated thoroughly tonight.

                    • Since at least 2008 the race card has been so over-used that it is now dog-eared and irrelevant. Try again with a different tack, okay?

                    • dkt53311

                      Junior Simple, it’s people like you who keeps racism alive and well in this country.

                    • Shawn Merriman

                      Finally. Someone who is intelligent. Go job educating these fools.

                    • lottogirl846

                      According to a records search on George, he was previously arrested for domestic violence, resisting an officer without violence and most shockingly, resisting an officer with violence — a felony charge that surely could have landed him in prison.

                      All three of those arrests, however, were mysteriously closed with no semblance of charges for the Florida resident. Did George Zimmerman have help from his father, a retired judge, in clearing his name in three separate arrests? So how was someone with a violent past including that of battery against an officer able to carry a 9 mm handgun?

                    • Shawn Merriman

                      Yes, finally, people with intelligence shutting down the foolish and naive Zimmerman clan.

                    • dkt53311

                      Zimmerman’s shoddy past makes Trayvon look like a saint.

                • hmmm

                  Zero convictions – really! I guess if my parents worked in the federal court judicial system the nine or ten run-ins, arrest, charges I had with the law would result in no convictions. But the fact remains he does have a criminal record – but connections and money talks. Even in 2013 beating wife, her father and then the present girlfriend – but again charges were dropped. Paladian do some research then comment.

                  • robbie jay

                    His father was a magistrate (traffic court) in VA. Some federal connections!

                    • Shawn Merriman

                      Yeah, you’re right. Judges don’t look out for themselves.

                  • He has zero convictions. Let me say it again …. George Zimmerman has zero convictions as I write this. PERIOD!

                    • lottogirl846

                      Trayvon Martin had ZERO CONVICTIONS. Trayvon Martin DID NOT HAVE A GUN. Trayvon Martin was just walking home minding his own business. His problem was that he was walking while being black.

                • dkt53311

                  Zimmerman has been arrested approximately four times.

              • Shawn Merriman

                First of all, that is not what I said. Let me go ahead and blow your theory out of the water. OJ Simpson also saved a family. Does this mean that he did not kill his wife. Using your logic would be the case. Please respond.

            • hmmm

              Paladin pulled from a burning SUV you believe that crap. SMH I guess you believe he was doing security behind the motorcycle shop a couple weeks ago to right.

            • Shawn Merriman

              He was beating up people before killed TM. GZ was looking to be a hero and he finally got to help someone. That does not excuse him for killing someone. TM was minding his own business. He was not committing a crime and he had the right to walk in this neighborhood. For gosh sakes, he even walked away from GZ. And as far as this on the ground stuff. We don’t know if GZ was really getting beat up or if he and TM was fighting over a gun. And if you want to ask people about GZ, let me give you some people. Let’s ask the 10 to 12 women that he has assaulted if they think that he is a hero. Lets ask the police officer that he assaulted if he thinks that he is a hero. Lets ask TM if he thinks that GZ is a hero. Oh, I’m sorry he can’t because he is dead. GZ is a convicted felon and liar. Also, what witness testimony. The ones that favored TM was ruled out. yeah, they had so much evidence that they had to pull in a jury of old white women (I’m sorry, one Cuban); one of whom had been assaulted by a black youth years ago to help decide this trial.

              • paul cuzz

                You make some claims that dont hold up. TM was not minding his own business when he assaulted GZ. Yes he had the right to walk in the neighborhood but he didnt have the right to assault GZ. Your right he did run away but then why did he return back up the path? he could have just gone ion inside and locked the door. We do know from the witnesses and the injuries that GZ was beaten up and TM was not injured from the fight. You claim 10 women were assaulted by GZ yet not a single female has claimed that he ever did more that threaten them and none of those claims held up and the women recanted their claims, not just let it drop but they recanted. GZ has never been convicted of a felony. There was no witness testimony that favored TM.

                • Shawn Merriman

                  There has been several women who have accused GZ of physical assault. They did not recant the stories but some of them dropped it later. That is something that came out on the internet a year later that was proven to be false. GZ is a convicted felon. That has been verified by MSNBC and CSPAN. Also, we do not know if TM turned around and went back. This is something that the GZ defense team came up with a year later because GZ did not say this in the initial police report, his interview on television or his pretrial hearing. There was two eyewitness testimony that favored TM. One woman said that she heard TM screaming but she could not be for sure. Another woman stated that she thought that she saw GZ on top of TM but she could not be for sure. I sugget that you go to West Law and look at the actual court transcripts. Also, ABC News, MSNBC, Fox News, etc also have the videos from the trial and the transcripts. There has been fake documents from grasshopper that has been proven to be false.

                  • paul cuzz

                    They never accused him of being physical, they accused him of threatening then they either recanted or dropped it when the stories didnt add up. GZ is not a convicted felon. You right GZ thought maybe TM was hiding then ambushed him, Rachel testified he made it all the way home so either he hid out or he went back up the path. GZ didnt know what Rachel knew, all he knew was TM ran off between the buildings then suddenly showed up a few minutes later. We know that GZ did stop following just by looking at the map as to where the altercation happened. As for the screams, GZ stated right from the start that he was yelling for help, Jon Goode the closest eye witness says it was GZ screaming. The only reason some people are claiming that Trayvon was the one screaming is because of the audio recording, they hear a high pitch scream that they want to attribute to a kid even thought TM wasnt a kid and he had a deep voice. There has been zero new evidence that points towards GZ being guilty of anything other than self defense and even if you truly believe him guilty if your being intellectually honest you can see how there is reasonable doubt, The thing about all the stuff about the women is its all irrelevant as to his guilt anyway, he still had a right to defend himself even if he was a wife beater, TM wouldnt have known any of that.

                    • Shawn Merriman

                      He was the one that got out of the car and followed TM. TM even walked away from him. Nobody gets out of their car for the fun of it. He got out of his car to restrain and hold TM until the police came. GZ made over 50 calls in one year reporting seeing “Suspicious Black Men” in his neighborhood. The police never investigated any of these because looking “Suspicious” is not a crime. In his 911 statement he made references to “They always get away.” The police were on their way and there was no need to chase after TM. However, GZ chased after TM because he was walking away and would not be preset when the police arrived. TM had not history of fighting anyone. GZ defense team tried to dig up dirt on TM and found nothing. There is no history of him getting into fights. As a matter of facts, his teachers stated that he was the one that was always walking away from a fight. The same thing he did that night when confronted by GZ. GZ is the one with the history of aggression. I’ve explained GZ reason for initiating a fight. Please explain to me why TM; with not history of fighting, would try to kill someone?

      • Jackson

        The cops did not ask him to and it is not illegal anyway. Rachel Jaentel lied to the jury and changed her story to make GZ more sinister and then she is rewarded by the black community for doing that. Where is your outrage for that?

        • boyd

          Hey Adolf I thought you were dead. Got any more propagnada lies for me.

          • Jackson

            What exactly did I lie about? I think you are the NAZI expecting people to follow the lies put out by the media without question.

            • boyd

              I don’t know I was not there. When you are in 5-6 he said , she saids. why should I assume he’s telling the truth every time?

              why should I believe his old GF hit him back in 200?. and he simply hit back…ACCORDIMG TO HIM. That the cop assault was because the COP did not ID himself ACCORDING TO HIM.
              That Shelly was lying not ole Georgie and that his new GF was lying about Georgie kicking her out of HER OWN House.

              That’s just for starters. I don’t have time to get into all the other scams of his, Telling everyone he graduated, and then he allowed them to host a party for him WHEN HE DID NOT etc etc etc.

              he’s a LIAR

              • Jackson

                The problem you have is that you are assuming GZ is lying about everything yet you have no proof that he is. The he said she said incident was about a shoving match and each said the other shoved them. They probably both shoved each other. You seem to believe TM was just an innocent kid minding his business but yet have no proof. TM was not on trial, GZ was, so he is entitled to benefit of the doubt. As for the problems afterwards his wife admitted to lying about what happened and his girlfriend recanted and decided not to follow through and actually took him back. If you are saying that having the entire black community condemning you as well as 99% of the media lying and turning you into a racist monster should not have had any effect on him then you are misguided. That would mess anybody up. He has since simmered down with help from counseling. The bottom line is he was never convicted of anything.

                • Shawn Merriman

                  Yeah, the police officer did not recant. He’s a convicted felon for a reason. Also, he lied to the judge. He also lied to the 911 operator as well. As far as TM not being on trial, he was. Everything that he did was brought up in court to make him look guilty. I don’t know what type of person TM was. I do know that he was the one that walked away from the fight. I do know that he was the one that called his friend when he thought that he was in trouble. I do know that GZ disobeyed the 911 Operator and lied to her later on. I do know that he lied to the judge and that he allowed his wife to serve time in prison for him. I do know that he assaulted a police officer. As far as the entire black community turning him into a racist monster; whose fault is that? When a black kid who is minding his own business and is on his way home is killed by a convicted felon who lied about being a community watch person is found not guilty by a jury of all white grandmothers (one of them with a proven bias against black youths) then we tend to get nervous.

                  • paul cuzz

                    GZ never lied to dispatcher and he complied, did you not follow the trial at all? He is not a convicted felon. GZ was a legit neighborhood watch, not sure why you say otherwise.

                    • Shawn Merriman

                      In the 911 tape the 911 operator asked GZ was he still following TM and he replied that he was. He told the 911 operator that he was not following TM but his cell phone gave him away and it proved that he continued. His attorneys admitted to this. Also, if GZ complied with the 911 Operator he would never have followed TM to begin with. He was not a legit neighborhood watch. The neighborhood watch committee was being sued by TM’s family. They needed him to come in and tell his story because they had some contradictions. He refused to speak with them and they had to settle out of court as resort.

                • Shawn Merriman

                  The judge busted him for lying. So we have proof of that.

              • Helena_Handbasket

                Thank you! Let me add one last thought to your last paragraph

                IF Trayvon attacked first.. and it is STILL an “if”… wouldn’t the fact that a creepy man had been following him around mean that it was TRAYVON who was standing his ground? He just got murdered by his creepy stalker for fighting back.

            • Shawn Merriman

              When people can’t walk down the streets without being harassed and killed, it does make you think.

            • Shawn Merriman

              Or the lies being put out by the white conservative media like you?

        • Shawn Merriman

          Where did she lie at because her story was backed up by the 911 operator and two cell phone tower. George Zimmerman was the liar. he even got busted by the judge for lying. He changed his story four different times and you fools believed him.

          • Christopher R

            He didn’t change squat. He didn’t tell squat. He didn’t testify, so what is on the record is nothing. He officially doesn’t have a story and, as the defendant, is not required to have one. Whatever was said in various news stories or how it allegedly changed, or how that somehow proves guilt (it doesn’t), doesn’t matter. If it isn’t on court record… and his “4 stories” aren’t… they don’t matter.

            • dkt53311

              He didn’t have to testify. There were recorded interview that this clown keep giving. Every time he talked about the incident, his story kept changing. However, you’re to biased and inept to know this.

              • Christopher R

                None of which were brought in to the trial. None of which COULD be brought in to the trial because they lack relevance. None of which were part of either the prosecution’s nor the defense’s theory. Nit picking his stories doesn’t prove guilt.

                The ONLY thing any of those could be used for is attacking his credibility and, since he didn’t testify, that makes it irrelevant and prejudicial. Lacking credibility does not equal guilt.

                • Shawn Merriman

                  What are you talking about Christopher??? Some of this stuff was brought into trial the jury just ignored it. The fact that he is a convicted felon is relevant. It goes to his character. For gosh sakes, everything said about TM was brought into trial. It is not unusual for people on trial to not testify. They give that power to their attorney. Are you saying that GZ did not know what his attorneys were saying or that he did not take part in his own defense?

                  • Christopher R

                    What attorneys say is not evidence. They are not witnesses, can’t testify, and their statements can’t be considered official evidence… so, no, Zimmerman never officially said anything. The only person who can give evidence as Zimmerman is Zimmerman, and he didn’t. George Zimmerman is NOT a convicted felon. He has never been found guilty nor plead guilty to a felony crime… therefore… not a felon. As far as character goes (and speaking of going to a law library), its generally inadmissible, contrary to popular belief (see 404 of Rules of Evidence), so, no, the jury would not hear about any previous run ins that Zimmerman had with the law nor anything about his bond hearing. As far as TM goes, I think you’re mixing up what the news was saying and what actually came in during trial because those are not the same things. I’m not sure what exactly you’re referring to as far as character evidence about Martin is, but from my recollection, all they talked about was the events leading up to the shooting that night, from when TM left the store onward… which is all relevant.

                    • Shawn Merriman

                      What???? What attorneys say is not evidence???!!!! Where did you get your law degree from. Okay, let me explain this to you for the uumpteen time. Attorneys represent their clients in court. The defendant does not have to say anything. That part is right, but in order for your attorneys to represent you you have to give them information. They were not the ones at the scene of the crime; GZ was. The only way they knew about was through court reports, documents, and what GZ told them. Do you understand what I’m saying. And yes, those early documents such as the 911 Operator report, the initial police contact, GZ’s history of calling 911 and reporting suspicious Black men were all included in the court hearing. You and another person have been quoting information from grasshopper. Grasshopper has been proven to be false. You need to read West Law to get the accurate information. Also, CNN, ABC. MSNBC also have those court documents which is similar to what is found in West Law. That’s if you need further proof.

                    • Christopher R

                      Where did you get yours from? ’cause you should get your money back. From the Florida criminal jury instructions:

                      “What the lawyers say is not evidence, and you are not to consider it as such.”

                      Maybe I should say that again with emphasis:

                      “What the lawyers say is NOT EVIDENCE, and you are NOT to consider it as such.”

                      Anyway, of course those documents are presented to the jury. The operator report, 911 call, etc are all actually relevant to what happened on that specific night. His bond hearing and other run in with the law prior to that are not… and were not.

                    • Shawn Merriman

                      Okay Christopher. Let me answer your first question. Anytime you get on the stand and testify in court; that can be brought into court later. That includes bond hearings, etc. In this case his statements were brought into court. I am proud of you for agreeing with the 911 call because earlier you stated that those things could not be brought into court. As far as the attorneys are concerned. Your attorneys represent you in court. They present your side of view. In order for this to work you have to give them information. You have to give them information so that they can represent you in court. You as the defendant have to right to speak on your behalf or allow your attorney to do it. Most people let their attorneys. But to somehow say that George Zimmerman does not have to take responsibility because he did not say anything is false. He chose to let his attorneys speak for him. Let’s use some common sense. Do you know the number of cases that come before the higher courts each year where defendants want to appeal their earlier because they did not say anything in court. It is in the hundreds. Do you know how many win their cases? very few. The reason why they lose their cases is the judges in the higher courts state that you had the opportunity to participate in your hearings. Your attorneys represented you. If you chose not participate in your defense then this is on you. You would have to prove that your attorney made such grievous and erronius errors to just get an appeal case. Your attorneys represent you. Let me repeat that to you because you appear to be retarded; Your attorneys represent you. If George Zimmerman had no responsibility in this case and he had lost he could have easily came back later and said, “Judge because I did not say anything in court I need to have an appeal.” Not only would they laugh at him; he would be denied. He would have to prove that his attorneys did not represent adequately. Now, do you understand or do you need me to spell this out for you. And to answer your first question, I got my law degree from the University of Illinois. Anything else you want to say?

            • Shawn Merriman

              You’re right Christopher, he did not say anything. His attorneys were speaking for him. And yes, he had a story; that was the reason he was in court. Now, let me go ahead and blow your theory out of the water. He lied about the amount of money that he had received. I did not read that from any newspaper because I heard the judge on television chew him out for this And yes, Christopher it was on the court record. I also know that he said that he was a community watch member when he killed TM. However, when the community watch group got sued by TM’s parents and they needed him to come in and tell his side of the story he refused to do this. I did not read any newspaper about this because his attorney was on all the networks saying this. Plus the next time you go to a law school library you can look this up and find out for yourself. Just because you are ignorant of the facts does not mean that it did not happen.

          • Jackson

            The inconsistencies in his statements were minor according to the police chief. It would be abnormal to tell the same story exactly the same way each time. That would be evidence of guilt.

            • Shawn Merriman

              And what inconsistencies would those be. You mean the ones that were backed up by the 911 Operator? You mean the ones that actually made sense?

            • Shawn Merriman

              Yes, but you have to at least be in the ball park.

        • dkt53311

          Hey jackass, why do individuals with racist attitudes say Rachel Jeantel’s testimony was not believable but you have no problem believing the creepy c****** part? Where do find the audacity to call someone else a liar when Zimmerman’s whole defense was based on nothing but lies.

          • Christopher R

            It’s not whether I believe the defense. It’s that I don’t believe the prosecution, and they are the ones with the burden of proof. The defense doesn’t have to prove he’s innocent. They could come up with the most ridiculous story in the history of the court system and it still doesn’t relieve the prosecution’s burden to actually prove their case. They didn’t.

          • Jackson

            She was believable when she was consistent. Things that she said from the very beginning like it was Trayvon who first talked to GZ and asked why are you following me? I never mentioned the creepy a$$ cr…..ker part. To me that was irrelevant. When she kept adding things in and changing what GZ said in response to make him more sinister is when she was not credible. The defense was based on forensics, eye witnesses, and the law. No lies. That is not racist just common sense.

        • Shawn Merriman

          What exactly did she lie about when the 911 Operator backed up her argument. Oh, I’m sorry, she lied to TM’s mother for not coming to his funeral. Let’s see where GZ lied at. Oh, he and his wife lied to the judge about how much money they had received. The funny thing about this is that his wife served time in jail for lying but not GZ. And being the nice guy that he is he left his wife while she was serving time for him. He also lied to the 911 Operator when she asked him to stop following TM and he did not. He also changed his story five times during the trial. Anything else you want to say or have you had enough?

        • Shawn Merriman

          She didn’t She lied about her age and about whether she went to TM’s funeral. The defense attorneys tried to break her on this but was unable.

        • Shawn Merriman

          You mean my outrage for her telling the truth?? Where is your outrage for GZ lying. And he was rewarded by a predominately white jury by being let go.

      • paul cuzz

        Sure Trayvon had a right to walk home but Zimmerman also had a legal right to carry a gun and he also had a right to call the police on suspicious person and keep an eye on them. Its pretty obvious that Trayvon double backed, he told Rachel that he was right next to the house yet the altercation was 70 yards back up the path. Zimmerman was 30 yards from his vehicle and had stopped following and was in line of sight with his vehicle. Why didn’t Trayvon just go on home? Why did he double back? If he had been scared he could have called the cops? One person in this altercation actually called the cops and it wasn’t Trayvon.

        • Shawn Merriman

          First of all most people do not call the police until the last minutes. Also, he ran too get away from a stalker you moron. And let me blow your theory out of the water; Trayvon was the one walking away from the fight.

          • rockorick2000 .

            @Shawn:If only you had a clue of what your talking about? Before you even make a comment get the facts not, feel you know what the hell is going on in the world.
            And ‘Ebonics’ is not a language! Walmart has ‘Brain Fluid’ on sale, your about 1/2 quart low? In Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ has never been an issue till it was stated by the media as ‘Skin Color’, I should know because I am from Florida!

            • Shawn Merriman

              I got the facts. it’s not my fault you don’t believe. Let me go ahead and blow your theory out of the water yet again tonight. This whole thing would never have started if GZ had listened to the 911 Operator and let the police do their job. I mean according to the many lies that GZ told, one of the them was that he was a community watch person. According to this organization no member to to take on crime by themselves no matter what. The fact that GZ disobeyed this simple rule and disobeyed the 911 Operator who told him to wait for the police proves that he had issues with authority. And you want me to believe that he was an innocent victim in all of this. And by the way when the community neighborhood watch tried to get in contact with him so that they could go over his story he refused to contact them. They had to settle with TM’s family financially as a result. Anything else you want to say or have I educated you enough this evening. I don’t know anything about Ebonics or Brain Fluid. I guess that is your attempt at being funny or racist. I don’t know. I do know that in the game section they have a game called “Clue.” Why don’t you buy it.

          • shely b

            All out lies, did you even pay attention to the trial? Did you watch the report where the police had GZ in one car while playing the 911 tape in another police car and GZ’s story matched perfectly. Did you ignore that GZ was acquitted on all charges? Your lies and ignorance are seen as just that…lies and ignorance.

            • dkt53311

              I wondered why in the world Zimmerman was acquitted. The I heard juror B37’s interview with Anderson Cooper. This lady let the whole world know that she’s a total idiot.

            • Shawn Merriman

              No, did you know that that the police officers did not even gather evidence. As a matter of fact one of them even preyed with him. A dead body in front of them and a police officer prayed with him. Yes, there was so much evidence that they had to have an all white jury (Oh, I’m sorry, and all white jury and one Cuban) to judge. That’s how much confidence they had. Did you know that GZ’s wife spent some time in prison for lying on his behalf. The same wife that he kicked to the curb while she was serving time for him. The same person who is still committing crimes in the community. The same person who perjured himself to a judge and got busted and did not serve any time for this. His wife did but not him. Do me a favor and contact me again when you have a clue.

            • Shawn Merriman

              No, Shely, where exactly does it say that GZ was in one car while playing the 911 tape in another police car and that his story matched perfectly. Please quote this source considering the fact that the police did not investigate the case because George Zimmerman claimed “Stand Your Ground.” Also, I did not ignore the fact that GZ was acquitted. Did you know that guilty people sometimes get away with murders. Did you also know that there have been several murders in Florida where the police did not investigate or a jury found the person who claimed “Stand Your ground” not guilty only to find contradictory info. later. Maybe you need to educate yourself on the facts before calling someone ignorant because you obviously don’t know what you are talking about. I suggest you got to Walmart and buy yourself one of their games; it’s called “Clue.”

          • Christopher R

            You have proof of this, yes?

            • Shawn Merriman

              Yes, the police officer that prayed with him testified that she did so in court. It was on court TV and the BBC. Yes, I heard the police officer say that she prayed with GZ. Is there anything else you want to say or are you tired of being educated tonight?

        • hmmm

          What was the suspicion paul cuzz that Travon displayed – oh yeah – walking in his complex while black.

      • Jeff L

        sugarmorgan: Do me a quick favor…..go read the trial transcripts. The whole thing was very public. It demonstrates very clearly how TM saw GZ in his vehicle and ran away, and then told his friend Jenteal how he was going to whoop his axx and went back and initiated the actual confrontation. It’s all there. Then you’ll be armed with actual facts before you keep yammering your thoroughly uninformed opinion to those of us who paid attention long ago.

        • Shawn Merriman

          There is nowhere in the transcripts where he said that. He did not initiate the fight. The 911 operator testified in court that she heard TM ask GZ “Why are you following me man.” The 911 operator told GM for the second time to let the police handle it. GZ ignored the 911 operator and turned off his cell phone (This contradicts the lie that GZ stated earlier that TM jumped out of nowhere and hit him in the face. After hearing what the 911 operator stated he then stated that TM walked over to him, called him a racist name, and then hit him in the face) You need to get your facts straight because you obviously don’t know what you are talking about.

          • Jeff L

            @Shawn: Look harder grasshopper, because it’s in the transcripts, specifically Jenteal’s testimony. Your post is still full of shyte the media was spewing before the trial. Prepare for schooling: FACTS: GZ had police dispatch on the line; he reported TM walked toward his car; GZ was unsure of what streets he was near. TM ran from the area, and called Jenteal.
            Meanwhile, GZ assumed TM ran away, so he got out and walked to see the street signs to call dispatch back with an address for police who were on the way. (This I don’t totally buy-GZ may have tried to see where TM went, so when police arrived they could find him. Still, nothing really wrong with that – there HAD been recent burglaries in the area.)
            Cut to Jenteal’s testimony, she states TM thought a homosexual rapist was following him; he didn’t want to lead him to his home. She told him go home, but he wanted to whoop axx, and HE RETURNED BACK TO CONFRONT GZ, who was now outside his vehicle. This is where TM asked GZ why he’s following him, and this was heard by Jenteal, NOT by dispatch. As to who punched who first – lacking first-hand proof, simple logic strongly suggests that GZ, his nose broken, head bleeding from hitting the ground, was not the aggressor. TM had no abrasions or bruises other than on his knuckles, so where did GZ hit him? Apparently nowhere. These are facts from TM’s autopsy, as well as GZ’s statements to police.

            BTW, GZ’s statement that TM appeared out of nowhere and hit him is likely true, and consistent with TM’s OWN FRIEND Jenteal’s testimony.

            She also said TM said he was being followed by a ‘creepy-axx cracker’. TM was the only one confirmed to have used a racial slur. GZ’s entire dispatch call was recorded and is available on the net. There’s one garbled part that COULD have been a slur….but even if it was – so what? You can’t judge GZ on something that’s not even proven, and yet say TM’s racial slur – which IS proven – is fine and dandy. That would make you a racist jerk, wouldn’t it? Again, even if GZ did, Jenteal’s testimony showed TM was intent on physically confronting GZ, and THAT, little grasshopper, is the heart of the case. And THAT is why Zimmerman was not convicted.

            There was no 911 operator on the line at this point that heard anything. That call ended back in GZ’s vehicle, well before the confrontation. Just use your head here – if 911 testified as you say, GZ would have been convicted for initiating the physical fight and then shooting the gun. The gunshot would have been offensive, not defensive. You understand that’s the basis of his acquittal, right? If not, you’re too lost and you’re not going to understand this no matter how slowly I walk you through.

            The media hyped up the whole thing from the start, the public convicted Zimmerman before the trial even started, but it didn’t pass the stink test in front of a jury. They even began referring to GZ as a ‘White-Hispanic” to stir racial tension. I never heard that phrase in my life before that incident. You’re welcome.

            • Shawn Merriman

              You need to read the report you clown. I am in law school and I did go over this. You need to go to West Law for your advice. the 911 Operator testified in court that she told GZ twice that he did not need to follow TM and he did. His own attorneys even said that. The original story was that TM jumped out of nowhere and hit him in the face. When the 911 operator (backed up by the witness) testified that they heard TM say “Why are you following me man.” That’s when GZ and his attorneys changed the story from “TM jumped out of nowhere and hit me in the face” to “Could it be possible that TM came over to GZ, called him a racist name and then hit him in the face.” I hate to break it to you but that story you’re telling was investigated and proven to be false. Fox News ran that story and then had to stop. I’ sorry to have to educate you on the facts and blow your theory out of the water but you need to know the truth.

            • Shawn Merriman

              Jeff. Trayvon walking next to GZ’s car did mot come out until court. In the pail hearing GZ did not mention any of this. I heard Jenteal’s testimony on television and I also read it in West Law. She did not say that TM went back to whoop axxx. She stated that TM stopped to find out that GZ wanted. The 911 Operator was still on the telephone and she informed GZ to stop following TM and let the police handle this. At that moment he turned off his cell phone. Part of the problem is that you are not paying attention to what I said. Also, you need to look at West Law to see the real transcipts. This is what law students and professors use for research.

          • Christopher R

            That supposed “lie” is not a fact… not a fact of the case, anyway. George Zimmerman did not testify, so that tid bit there wasn’t in evidence; thus… as far as the court is concerned, he never said that.

            • Jeff L

              @Christopher: The alleged “lie” Shawn is alluding to, amongst his plethora of other mis-information, is essentially from Zimmerman’s initial written statement to police. GZ essentially wrote that the suspect appeared out of nowhere, made a threatening remark and then punched him as GZ tried to call 911 again.
              Shawn’s point appears to be that there’s some humongous difference between saying:
              1) he came out of nowhere and punched me in the face; and
              2) he came out of nowhere, called me a racist name, and punched me in the face;
              As if one or the other must be some egregious lie, as opposed to a simple case of someone trying to remember a decidedly non-critical detail during an intensely emotional and split-second moment of their life. Not exactly a smoking gun.
              The bigger issue is, I don’t know of any information anywhere that GZ STATED anything of the sort to anybody. His police statement was written, not verbal, and he did not testify in court. As I corrected Shawn (just one of many times) earlier, the dispatcher was NOT on the line when TM confronted GZ, so they definitely did not hear GZ make any such statement. Therefore, to suggest that GZ made a contradictory statement of this nature appears moot. I continue to be perplexed at what Shawn considers FACTS.

              • Shawn Merriman

                Jeff, how many times must I educate you on the fact. In his bail hearing he stated that TM jumped out of nowhere and hit him in the face. In the police report he stated the same thing. I also got that information from the interview that gave on television. He did an interview where he took a reporter along the route that he followed that night to help prove his case. He stated that TM jumped out of nowhere and hit him. No time did he say that TM circled back and hit him. He also stated that the 911 Operator was on the phone with him when he confronted TM. A year later him and his attorneys changed the story. Jeff, I agree with you that GZ may have been frazzled at the time of the incident but what s the excuse for the bail hearing and the interview that he gave on television. You said something about educating me. If I got an education from you then I need to go back to school. Like I said before the information that you have gotten have bee proven to be somewhat inaccurate. I’m sorry that you have problems with this but you are wrong.

            • Shawn Merriman

              No, he did not testify but his attorneys did say it. The last time I checked your attorneys represent you. They can’t make up stuff about you. That would be unethical. They were on all the networks telling their story.

          • robbie jay

            What flavor Kool-aid would you like?

            • Shawn Merriman

              Not the vanilla flavored one. It seems you have already drunk that up already.

          • paul cuzz

            The 911 operator testified in court that she heard TM ask GZ “Why are you following me man.” The 911 operator told GM for the second time to let the police handle it. GZ ignored the 911 operator and turned off his cell phone

            **None of this actually happened.

        • Travis Decker

          It also shows how TM was a racist and the only actual eye witness accounts in addition to all the evidence shows he was on top of GZ when he was shot.
          He tried to keep it real and it went wrong as Chappelle would say.

          • Shawn Merriman

            Yes, he was on top of GZ to keep him from shooting him.

          • Shawn Merriman

            No where in the court report does it say any of that. These court transcripts from grasshopper has been proven to be false. Please stop quoting from it.

        • hmmm

          Yea he told Rachel a CREEPY AZZ CRACKER kept following him. And it was the truth and the death of Mr. Martin.

        • Shawn Merriman

          No, it does not say that. According to Jeanteal, TM told her that a creepy man was following him and he was going to stop to see what this man wanted. Not fight him. Jeanteal then instructed him to run. She even stated that TM said “Why are you following me man?” The 911 Operator heard TM say the exact same thing and told GZ to stop following TM and let the police handle this. Instead he turned off his cell phone. Just because you’re ignorant of the facts does not mean that everyone else.

      • TruthHurts

        The fact that Zimmerman disregarded police advise no to approach and ended up killing a kid, he should never have gone free. It’s injustice and injustice breeds.

        • Scott Barton

          It wasn’t the “police”. It was 911 dispatch. THey have no more legal authority over you than the garbage man. Second of all, Zimmerman never approached Martin. After realizing that Zimmerman had left his vehicle upon asking for an on going description of where the suspect was, the civil servant on the other end of the phone advised Zimmerman that they didn’t need him to follow the thug wannabe. Zimmerman acknowledged, and attempted to return to his vehicle.

          This is all clear cut information that was presented at the trial. PLease either learn the facts of the case, or stay quiet

          • TruthHurts

            Regardless of who issued the warning, he killed an innocent kid.

            • Over Lord

              You can’t ignore the evidence, then say reguardless of the facts….
              If Zimmerman wasn’t armed, Martin would have faced assult or murder charges. He lost his innocence the second he knocked Zimmerman to the ground, and began hitting him

              • Helena_Handbasket

                Wouldn’t attacking someone who is stalking you, after dark, constitute “standing your ground”?
                If Zimmerman can get away with being a stalker/killer with the excuse “I just wanted to make sure my neighbors didn’t get robbed”.. why is it so horrible for Trayvon to take on a creep who was following him like a pedo? Maybe Tray was just looking out to make sure none of HIS neighbors, nor himself were kidnapped and raped.

              • TruthHurts

                No one said regardless of the FACTS, ‘Regardless of who issued the warning’. He had ample time to rethink his reckless idea of approaching someone he ‘thought’ might be dangerous. He ignored warning then he told the stories of how he was attacked by someone he was stalking. Puh-lease. Injustice breeds.

              • Shawn Merriman

                According to you he did this. If GZ had followed that the 911 Operator said then this whole thing would never have happened.

      • Jimmer McGominee

        Wow. So you were a lead detective in the investigation of this? How come you’re speaking up now, and didn’t come forward when the trial was underway? Oh, ya, that’s right, you’re clueless about what really happened and can only throw up your own made up fact less banter. People like you should be seen and not heard.

        • Shawn Merriman

          And why come you did not come forward and tell you story Barney Fife?

    • James

      Ahahahaha, okay, I’m convinced you’re just a very dedicated troll. You must be. No one can be as dumb as you.

  • Kevin Johnson

    Still cants reads no cursive

  • Guest

    another braindead african broodmare with the typical african-american negress obesity and blanimal face. no offense to animals.

    • Guestest

      You and people who upvoted your comment are lower than african americans and animals… sick!

      • cece

        Smh. Some of these comments are disgusting. But I’m not surpised, a lot of these people are not madamenoire readers.

        • Guestest

          They sure aren’t cece!!

    • Jackson

      I think you are an animal. No offense to animals.

  • Obeone Obeone

    I see she put on another 100 lbs.

    • bryan denny

      she was already full of %#$@. now she’s 100 pounds more full of it.

      • hmmm

        Bryan you are full on manure and more – a bitter of CAC!

    • Jeanie Rossi

      lol…

    • Barbara

      Yall are asses.

      • bigbanglasers

        Barbara, Yall shoulds speaks englis