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Uchechi Kalu – Policmic – Tuesday, 02 July 2013 (originally published 30 Jun)
This is George Zimmerman’s case, so why feel does it feel like the media is prosecuting Rachel Jeantel? Some may call her disrespectful and combative, unreliable even. But the truth is, above all she is a 19-year-old victim. Let’s not become so caught up in her appearance and demeanor that we forget Jeantel is a young grieving friend.
During the first day of Don West’s cross-examination, Jeantel was for sure on edge. She rolled her eyes and grumbled under her breath when West said something that annoyed her. When she felt she was being ignored, she asked, “You listening?”
Not enough television coverage is calling the situation for what it was. Jeantel was the last person to hear Trayvon Martin’s voice before he died. She’s a 19-year-old girl who is going to have to live with the guilt and sorrow and pain of that moment for the rest of her life . . .