Rachel Jeantel on ‘Piers Morgan Live’: Travyon was not a thug

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert PoliticsJuly 16, 2013

Rachel Jeantel, the friend of Travyon Martin’s who was the last person other than George Zimmerman to speak to the slain 17 year old, dispelled the idea that Martin was a “thug” on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” on Monday night.

“First of all, Trayvon is not a thug,” she said. “They need to know a definition of a thug to be judging a person while a teenager, mind you a teenager, could be posting anything.”

She had previously described Martin in the interview as a “calm, chill, loving person who loved his family” and “a good friend,” adding that she never saw him get aggressive or lose his temper like the thug Zimmerman’s attorneys portrayed him to be.

Jeantel also took offense to many of the comments made about her by Zimmerman’s attorney Don West and several of the jurists, including comments about her being uneducated and unable to speak clearly. According to Jeantel, she has an underbite from a bone condition that gives her difficulty speaking clearly.

She added that although she had the opportunity to confront West before the show — as he was also in the CNNgreen room Monday night — she didn’t because “her parents taught me better.”

“I never cussed out Don, even during our little back — since March I’ve been dealing with Don West,” she said. “The only reason I haven’t said nothing to Don West is ’cause my parents taught me better. As an adult you don’t have the right to disrespect another adult.

Addressing the ”creepy-ass cracker” comment she made during her testimony, Jeantel noted that the term is actually spelled “cracka” and means “people who are acting like they’re police” – i.e. Zimmerman.

Jeantel also disagreed with the jury’s findings that Zimmerman wasn’t racially motivated that night, adding that she had a feeling the jury would come back with a not-guilty verdict because of how her testimony went.

“It was racial,” Jeantel told Morgan. “Let’s be honest, racial. If Travyon was white and he had a hoodie on, would that happen?”


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