WANT JUSTICE for TRAYVON MARTIN? FIRST, CHARGE RACHEL JEANTEL with FELONY MURDER in his DEATH (1 of 2)

July 18, 2013

© 2013 jbjd

I believe that Rachel Jeantel conspired with Trayvon Martin to attack George Zimmerman because they suspected he was gay. We all know what happened next: Zimmerman ended up with a broken nose and Martin ended up dead. In Florida, this is Felony Murder. But more about that in the next post. For now, I want to further clarify why, as I identified in TRAYVON MARTIN to RACHEL JEANTEL: THE “NIGGA” is a “CREEPY” “ASS CRACKER”  I believe that homophobia gave rise to the underlying crime.

I began paying close attention to the trial of the State of Florida versus George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, only after the disparate public response to last Saturday’s “Not Guilty” verdict. I was especially interested in the testimony of state’s witness Rachel Jeantel, admittedly on the phone with Martin at or around the time of the encounter between the 2 men.   I watched the videos, and read the transcripts. I formed an opinion. On Monday, July 15, I wrote the first article about the case, introducing my theory that the pundits – on both sides – ‘had it wrong.’ That is, the death of Trayvon Martin resulted from a hate crime, specifically, he attacked George Zimmerman on the basis, he thought the man was gay. I posited that Racehel Jeantel, his sometime friend, might have egged him on.

The article posted on Monday afternoon. Coincidentally; that same night, in the first of what would be several public appearances over the next few days, Ms. Jeantel was on CNN with Piers Morgan to discuss the trial.

Obviously, Ms. Jeantel had undergone extensive rehabilitation since her courtroom appearance weeks earlier. For starters, now freed of the encumbrance of having to tell the truth at the risk of perjury charges; she spoke so as to be heard.  Plus, Mr. Morgan coaxed her along, having either failed to do his homework with respect to the facts or, in the alternative, ignored them altogether, instead merely parroting the political perspective of his bosses at CNN.* But, in no time at all, it became apparent to me, even the professional molding by her handlers coupled with Morgan’s kid gloves had not completed the metamorphosis. Because, despite her attorney’s fixed vigil by her side; incredibly, the more she opened her mouth, the more she revealed, I was right all along.

Okay, let’s start with Jeantel’s explanation of the phrase “creepy ass cracker,” which she claimed in testimony Trayvon uttered when she asked him to describe the man he said was following him. Again, according to her testimony, that phrase was not racial. And, again, I believe her. But in reviewing the videos of her live testimony – and there are 5 hours of this – I saw that while she insisted “creepy ass cracker” was not a reference to race; she admitted the word “cracka” is a reference to race, and is commonly used in her neighborhood to describe someone who is white. So, why had she insisted “creepy ass cracker” was not a reference to race? Again, I think, because it wasn’t. Rather, it was a reference to sexual orientation. And now, weeks after that testimony, Mr. Morgan provided her (and her attorney) with a forum to launch a brand new definition of terms. Sort of.

Specifically, Morgan asks about the term “creepy ass cracker”; but listen closely. In fact, he ends up only focusing on the “cracker” part, not on “creepy ass.” “People have said that that’s a phrase used by black people – cracker – to describe a white person. Is that true?” “No!” But she had explained under oath; of course, she and her friends regularly use the word “cracka” to describe a white person. Mr. Morgan asked her to spell the word: “C-R-A-C-K-A.” Now, listen to how Jeantel sidesteps Mogan’s question about her use of the word “cracka” and, instead, redirects attention to “creepy ass.” “That’s a person who act like they a police… like a security guard who acting like… that’s why I said to them, Trayvon said, “creepy ass cracka”… and then he keep telling me, that the man still watch him…”

Summing up; “cracka” means, white person, as evidenced by the more than 30 entries in Urban Dictionary (not one of which entries refers to someone who acts like a policeman or security guard wannabe). And, in fact, Jeantel admitted under oath, she and her people use the word “cracka” in that way. On the other hand; she insisted under oath, “creepy ass cracker” is not a racial epithet. As I pointed out previously, she is right, as “creepy ass cracker” means, someone (of any race) who engages in anal sex.

Morgan asked Jeantel whether there was any doubt in her mind, Trayvon “absolutely believed” “the creepy ass cracka” was pursing him and that he was “freaked out” by this. “Definitely, I thought say might be a rapist. For every boy, every man, who is not that kinda way, see a grown man following them… would they be creeped out? So, you gotta take as a parent, you tell your child, when you see a grown person follow you, run away, and and all that. Would you gonna stand there? Are you gonna tell your child stand there? If you tell your child to stand there, we gonna see your child on the news, for a missing person…”

Wow. Clearly, through the use of this rhetorical hypothetical; Ms. Jeantel wanted to make sure the present audience grasped that the situation in February 2012 was fraught with all kinds of sexual deviate possibility. True, on the stand; she did say people in her “culture” and “community” refer to a person acting like Zimmerman as a “pervert.” And, in all likelihood, Trayvon was “creeped out” by Zimmerman’s gaze. But in contrast to her current claims, she didn’t believe he was a rapist at the time of her earlier testimony. In fact; recalling that Martin said, a man in a car was watching him, she testified she did not respond because “she did not think it was a big idea.” Trayvon repeated, the man kept watching him. Now, she testified she posited the possibility to her friend, that the stranger might be a rapist. Trayvon joked, “Nah, stop playin’ with him like that.” She said (smiling), she told him, “Okay, then, why he keep looking at you?”  (The prosecutor described this exchange between Jeantel and Martin as “joking” and she agreed with his characterization.) Looks like sometime between February 2012 and now, a joke about sexuality turned into a fear of homosexual rape. But obviously, not a bona fide fear of rape. And certainly, not a fear of rape of a “child”; after all, at the time of his death,  according to police, Martin, 17, was 6’0″ tall and weighed 160 pounds.

(to be continued…)

* For example, Morgan said his guest had lost a “great friend,” and that “nobody knew him better than you.” But as she admitted under oath, the 2 had been estranged for several years and only reacquainted on February 1, 2012, a few weeks before his death, when Martin visited his friends who happened to live in her neighborhood.  Additionally, she admitted at trial that while phone records indicated numerous contacts between her phone and his, in the form of both calls and texts; this did not necessarily represent that the 2 had communicated with each other, as others often used her phone to contact him, too.

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TRAYVON MARTIN to RACHEL JEANTEL: THE “NIGGA” is a “CREEPY” “ASS CRACKER”

July 15, 2013

©2013 jbjd

If the confrontation between Trayvon Martin (black) and George Zimmerman (Latino) in February 2012 had, at its root, a connection to race then, that link was the  perverse preoccupation of boys in the hood, with cementing a perceived image of their ‘hetero’ masculinity by means of pounding anyone they allege has a ‘homo’ sexual orientation.

In State of Florida v. George Zimmerman, Rachel Jeantel (black) testified on behalf of the Prosecution. Under oath, the witness would recount she and Trayvon were close friends, who had met in 2nd grade and recently reacquainted after a lengthy separation. Poignantly, she said he never made fun of her size. But Prosecutors didn’t subpoena her to testify because she and the deceased had been friends. Rather, they knew Rachel was on the phone with Trayvon at or around the time of his death and, after prolonged interactions, figured their ‘star’ witness could now bolster the state’s decision to charge 2nd degree murder by lending credence to a theory that Mr. Zimmerman sparked the confrontation resulting in Mr. Martin’s demise.

So, how did authorities know these two were on the phone, in the first place?  Well, it wasn’t because, she had told them. In fact, while her unique perspective resulted in testimony on the stand which the state ostensibly intended would paint Martin as an innocent bystander to Zimmerman’s aggressor; it would appear, left alone, Ms. Jeantel was in no hurry to obtain justice for her dead friend.

For example, Jeantel testified she learned at school on Monday, her friend had been shot the night before. Immediately, she checked her phone, confirming she had been speaking with Trayvon around the time George shot him. Nevertheless, she did not contact authorities. She had not contacted them 3 days after that, when Trayvon’s dad (black) called her to point out, she was the last person to speak to his son. One month later, in March, when someone ‘ghost-wrote’ her note to his mom (black), she still hadn’t contacted authorities. That she would fail to contact authorities to reveal from her unique perspective, a narrative which, consistent with her subsequent testimony, would exculpate (the conduct of) her friend in his death begs the question: why?

Ms. Jeantel didn’t speak to police until April 2; in the home of her dead  friend’s mother, who sat tearfully at her side throughout the interrogation!

Nor did she attend Trayvon’s funeral.  On the contrary; she later admitted to lying about being in the hospital during Martin’s funeral and lying about her age to try to avoid telling her story to Martin’s family and the public. Why did she go out of her way to avoid situations which could provide an opportunity to cast her friend as the ‘innocent’ in his death? She variously explained, “I didn’t want to see the body“;  and, she felt guilt.

When asked why she didn’t attend the funeral, Jeantel said, “I felt guilty.”

“You felt guilty about what?” asked prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda.

“I found out I was the last person, I was the last person who talked to their son,” she said.

Id.

Why such guilt? Listen closely to her testimony.

Among her revelations on the stand, more than a year after that pivotal telephone conversation, were these: Trayvon said, “a man kept watching him,” and “the nigga is still following me now.” And she said, when she asked Trayvon to describe the man following him, Trayvon replied, he was a “creepy ass cracker.” She retorted, “he might be a rapist,” prompting Trayvon to chastize her to “stop playin’ with him like that.” (She would also use the word, “joke” with him.)

She maintained on cross-examination by Defense counsel (white) she thought this was a racial incident. Asked to pinpoint the thing that gave her this impression, she referred to Trayvon’s general description of the man now identified as Zimmerman. Now, Counsel specifically asked, ‘do you mean his statement, he was a “creepy ass cracker”‘? Rachel would have none of this. Indeed; she insisted the word “cracker” had no racial connotation. And she grinned while the lawyer pressed her on the meaning he would have her impute. Because, she was telling the truth.

Urban Dictionary defines the word “ass cracker” is someone who “engages in anal sex,” for example, “That wanker is an ass cracker.” In other words; Martin was only afraid Zimmerman was gay. And Jeantel encouraged his misapprehension.

The Defense attorney, referring to Ms. Jeantel’s ‘ghost-written’  letter to Trayvon’s mom, pointed out, she had omitted the fact Trayvon had referred to Mr. Zimmerman as a creepy ass cracker. Again, consistent with his assertion that, if race was a part of this case then Martin and not Zimmerman had interjected it; he suggested, by using the word “cracker” to describe Zimmerman, Martin was the one who made this about race. And that Rachel had not used this racist term in the letter to Martin’s mother because she – Rachel – did not want his mom to know these things about her son. But Jeantel emphatically rejected the suggestion. Rather, her stated reason for leaving it out was, variously, “I did not think that was important“; and “nobody asked me.”

West pressed her on what he indicated were inconsistencies between the letter and Jeantel’s subsequent depositions and testimony – in particular her recent revelation that Martin told her he was being followed by a ‘creepy-a** cracker.’

He asked her why this was the first time she disclosed that Trayvon had referred to Zimmerman in this way.

She said: ‘Nobody asked me.’

Read more:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2349794/George-Zimmerman-trial-Rachel-Jeantel-Trayvon-Martin-prosecutions-star-witness-dragged-coals-defense.html#ixzz2Z8iPYjWI

I think that the only reason Ms. Jeantel had failed to acknowledge previously her friend, Trayvon Martin, described George Zimmerman as a “creepy ass cracker,” especially in front of his mother or father; is they, like her, would know exactly what this means. And that, had she been a more sophisticated witness, we never would have known this tragedy resulted not from a hate crime based  on race but on sexual orientation.

We may never know what role, if any, Ms. Jeantel played in egging her friend on.

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