Friday, June 28, 2013

Who's On Trial Again?

The trial of Trayvon Martin is just sick and disgusting. At what point will we stop putting Martin and his girlfriend Rachel Jeantel on trial and start prosecuting the man who actually shot him?

Ms. Jeantel is not a pretty, blond white girl. She's not UMC, educated and eloquent. And you know what? That doesn't mean a damned thing. She's a witness, the very last person who spoke to Trayvon Martin except for the man who killed him. Think about that. A 19 year old girl talking to her friend/boyfriend on the phone as he was chased down through his neighborhood and killed. The fact that she's even able to testify shows her strength of character. And who defines what a "perfect" witness is, anyway? This is not an episode of Law and Order. This is a real, human trial involving real people. People who aren't polished, who haven't been groomed for the media.

Personally, I've very impressed with how well Jeantel has done. She's obviously a strong character who is trying to do the best she can for her friend in an extremely hostile environment. Why don't we stop putting her on trial and instead start the trial of George Zimmerman. He's the one who needs to defend his actions.

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