Rachel Jeantel And The Soft Bigotry Of Low Expectations

Rachel Jeantel

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What White People Don’t Understand About Rachel Jeantel

A predominantly white jury is not going to like Rachel Jeantel. Let’s just be real here.

The 19-year-old Miami native is an easy target for obvious, yet shallow reasons. But let’s not forget why she’s actually on the stand in George Zimmerman’s second degree murder trial. Rachel was the last person to speak to a living, breathing Trayvon Martin. The guilt, shame and sorrow she must feel is something most of us will never be able to comprehend. You could hear it in her voice, see it in her jittery body language. She is feeling the wrath of this highly publicized case.

Rachel was thrown head first into this murder story, unwillingly. And although she had repeatedly said she did not want to be a witness, did not even want to believe she was the last person Trayvon spoke to, Rachel took the stand for all the right reasons. She was asked to by the family of her deceased friend and feeling part of the burden for his death, she wanted to help.

Actually, the right reason is that she is a citizen and she has a duty to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth regardless of whether it helps or hurts Trayvon’s family.

Rachel was raw, emotional, aggressive and hostile, and she was unapologetically herself.

And if the 5 white jurors (excluding the 1 Latina) are like most white people I know, they are unfortunately not going to like Rachel. They won’t understand her, especially not her defensive nature, and this will unfortunately work against her. Even though it shouldn’t.

I can imagine George Zimmerman’s defense is just hoping some of those 5 white jurors have some prejudices (as most people do), or hell, are even racist, because if they are, their tactic to make Rachel out to be less intelligent, rather than less credible than she actually is, might actually work.

Less intelligent and more confused.

Less intelligent because of the “language barrier” and more confused because of the lawyers’ failure to understand who Rachel is, where she comes from, what kind of life she lives.

Well, talk about judging people by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character!

But Rachel Jeantel is not on trial, George Zimmerman is.

It seems the middle-aged white men on both sides of this case are totally unaware of what Rachel’s life is like – a 19-year-old high school student of Haitian descent who knows nothing more than the few block radius she has grown up in. The cultural differences here are exponential.

We know that Jeantel has been in the United States since she was at least the second grade because that’s when she met Trayvon Martin. She lived in Miami.

That’s supposed to be our culture.

But if the lawyers, and especially the jurors, were really listening, they would see that although she comes off aggressive, Rachel was consistent. Yes, the defense proved she had lied in the past, but she didn’t deny it. On the contrary. She was very honest about it, and even led us to sympathize with her reasoning for it – she did not want to see Trayvon’s body, she did not want to face Trayvon’s mother and she wanted to wipe her hands of the situation because of the emotion and trauma. She was the last person Trayvon spoke to and she wanted everyone to understand what that means. This is in no way easy for her.

She was honest about lying? WTF?

Rachel is the prosecution’s key witness, but I am going to call her the misunderstood witness. She holds vital information that both the defense and prosecution need, but these middle-aged white men questioning her do not get it. Sadly both the prosecution and the defense [but more so the defense] have an extreme disconnect from her reality, like I said. The constant text messaging between her and Trayvon is normal for two high school kids who may like each other, the nonchalant use of racial slurs like “cracka” and “n*gga” are slang (as Rachel put it) and that doesn’t mean it comes from a racist place.

What place did it come from?

Trayvon was just 17, his life consisted of text messaging, high school, PS3, girls and not much else. He had a lot of growing up to do, a lot of experiences to take in, so much more to learn, but sadly, he will never get a chance to do any of those things.

Apparently his life also included marijuana, guns, fighting and stealing. But Trayvon is not on trial either.

Rachel on the other hand will get to, but with her immaturity displayed on the stand for the whole world to see, she quickly became a joke. Maybe we were picturing Trayvon’s alleged girlfriend to be a bit different, but nevertheless, Rachel still is the last person, aside from George Zimmerman, that Trayvon had any contact with while he was alive on this earth. Rachel’s mumbling, hostility and that reference to the show First 48, among other things, threw us for a loophole, but let’s remember, she is just a teen. This is what she knows. This is far from a Lifetime movie, this is her life. In the flesh, but still on our TVs.

Actually the correct idiom is “threw us for a loop” but let’s not be nit-picky. Rachel is NINETEEN. She is a legal adult.

I cried when she described the feeling of realizing she was the last person Trayvon spoke to, cringed at her blatant honesty, laughed when she spoke back to the attorneys and even had to turn my volume down throughout different phases of her testimony because of sheer discomfort.

Rachel was authentic, nervous and extremely herself. She did, after all, hear her friend, a minor, get killed in cold blood. And her involvement, from what we can tell, became dragged out beyond anything she ever wanted.

Her hostility is making more sense now.

She DID NOT hear Trayvon get killed in cold blood. She did not hear him get killed at all, and the circumstances can hardly be called cold blood.

Rachel’s collision with Zimmerman’s attorney Don West was uncomfortable to watch. They didn’t get each other. I even thought at one point they were going to call in some type of translator. Yes, she mumbled, but the amount of times she was asked to repeat herself, speak up and slow down proved that they were indeed speaking different languages. But let’s be honest. Rachel Jeantel’s attitude is exactly what I would expect from someone from the hood who has no media training and who is fully entrenched in a hostile environment.

There’s nothing wrong with it.

There is A LOT wrong with it. And that’s the real problem. The “hood” is poisoning minds. It is producing crime and welfare dependecy. It’s a sick culture.

Bill Cosby talked about some of this in his infamous “Poundcake” speech.

A few different times while watching this trial I’ve gotten caught up in the entertainment of it all, like a movie I don’t want to miss the ending to. But this isn’t a movie, and although Don West did kick off his opening argument with a “Knock-Knock” joke, it’s not meant to be entertainment. And definitely not funny.

This is truly a life and death situation. Rachel was on the phone with Trayvon moments before he got murdered while walking home from a 7-11, back to “his Daddy’s house,” as Rachel so eloquently put it. Aside from George Zimmerman, Rachel was Trayvon’s last communication on this earth.

This is real. Let’s not forget that.

Yeah, it’s real. That’s the worst part.

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128 Responses to Rachel Jeantel And The Soft Bigotry Of Low Expectations

  1. myiq2xu says:

    Brown Versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person’s problem. We’ve got to take the neighborhood back. We’ve got to go in there. Just forget telling your child to go to the Peace Corps. It’s right around the corner. It’s standing on the corner. It can’t speak English. It doesn’t want to speak English. I can’t even talk the way these people talk. “Why you ain’t where you is go, ra,” I don’t know who these people are. And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. Then I heard the father talk. This is all in the house. You used to talk a certain way on the corner and you got into the house and switched to English. Everybody knows it’s important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can’t land a plane with “why you ain’t…” You can’t be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth. There is no Bible that has that kind of language. Where did these people get the idea that they’re moving ahead on this. Well, they know they’re not, they’re just hanging out in the same place, five or six generations sitting in the projects when you’re just supposed to stay there long enough to get a job and move out.

    Now look, I’m telling you. It’s not what they’re doing to us. It’s what we’re not doing. 50 percent drop out. Look, we’re raising our own ingrown immigrants. These people are fighting hard to be ignorant. There’s no English being spoken, and they’re walking and they’re angry. Oh God, they’re angry and they have pistols and they shoot and they do stupid things. And after they kill somebody, they don’t have a plan. Just murder somebody. Boom. Over what? A pizza? – Bill Cosby

  2. myiq2xu says:
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  4. myiq2xu says:

    Guess who?:

    Jeantel (3.00 / 2) (#23)
    by AngryBlackGuy on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 03:55:32 PM EST

    Maybe not related to the legalities of her testimony but still related to her testimony. As an african american, I have seen my facebook account and email account explode over the past 24 hours: not about the facts of the case but about Jeantel and her performance generally.

    On one hand (admittedly this is my team) you have black people who were appalled and embarrassed by her attitude and furious that her demeanor and lack of seriousness were destroying and otherwise strong case.

    But there was a massive and surprising push back against that by those who believed that this is a massive spectacle and that not everyone is prepared to handle such a thing, particularly at 19. And that her responses and demeanor are understandable given the fact that she is genuinely frustrated with the entire process and the fact that her name is being dragged through the mud and the fact that not everyone is has NASA scientist levels of intelligence or Martha Stewart’s social graces. And that some of the commentary and gloating and memefication of her was insulting and possibly racist. Interestingly, regardless of what side of the debate you are on, as a black person, everyone could really understand the other side.

    But what it highlights in jury trials is why the jury selection matters so much. I am putting myself on an all white female jury and wondering whether there is anyone there that can truly provide perspective that would clear the communication barriers of her testimony? Are 6 white women really going to understand that blacks at that age often use the N word the same way others use “dude”? Would they get the fact that the word “Cracker” is often used when dealing with a white person doing the exact type of stereotyping and profiling the state is asserting?

    I am thinking not.

    I think the trial was just won or lost in the last 24 hours. And it will all depend on whether they can see through cultural differences to what the core of the testimony was about.

    I have doubts.

    • swanspirit says:

      WTF ? This has nothing to do with any facts . All he is saying is , if they understand poor misunderstood Jeantel , Zimmerman will be found guilty .
      And if Jeantel was being “herself” why was there such a marked change in her demeanor from one day to the next ? She lied because she was bending the story the way she wanted . Period . I would bet there was more she left out , and she certainly tried to embellish her testimony to make Zimmerman look guilty .Culture has nothing to do with it ,

      • elliesmom says:

        “Culture” has a lot to do with it. Look at ABG’s comment again. “This is my team”. ABG says he’s a lawyer, and yet he identifies himself as black and must, therefore, be on the side of the black man instead of on the side of the law. If the situation was reversed, and Zimmerman was black and Martin white, would he, given the same facts of the case, believe Zimmerman is innocent? Do most white lawyers base their decisions regarding who’s innocent and who’s guilty on the color of the defendant’s skin? I bet ABG thinks they do, but I don’t think that’s the case in 2013.

      • elliesmom says:

        But culture has a lot to do with it. Look at ABG’s comment again. He says he’s a lawyer, but he’s on the “black team” not on the side of the law. If all of the facts of the case were the same, but Zimmerman was black and Martin white, would ABG change his mind about Zimmerman’s guilt? I think he would. I also think he believes a white lawyer decides whether a defendant is guilty or innocent based on the color of his skin. But in 2013, I don’t think that’s true. If ABG is telling the truth, he’s been able to get a good education and holds a professional position, and yet he still believes he’s being persecuted for the color of his skin.

  5. She was born here. West cleared that up–and the fact that English was her first language-on redirect, IIRC.

    • conner43 says:

      If she is a Creole speaker, her mother is from Haiti. I live in So. Fl. in the winter, the Haitian women that come here are, more often than not, rude, obnoxious and loud in publc Having said that, I have an older Haitian neighbor who is a nurse practioner, lovely, dignified and charming.. Seems Haiti has a variety of social cultures. I think Rachael’s family is from the former.

  6. Also, who is holding conference calls with Obamanation? Almost every single one of the articles in defense of Jeantel use the new manufactured buzz phrase “not media trained.” There’s definite coordination going on there.

  7. myiq2xu says:

    From the comments at The Atlantic:

    Dave Priebe • an hour ago

    The prosecutor couldn’t have lowered the bar anymore on this person’s racist comments. “It’s just the way they talk in that neighborhood”? It’s also the way they talked in the South 30 years ago and Paula Dean was just butchered for something no one even heard her say. This is one FUBAR Country.

    mike jones • an hour ago

    listen buddy, its your culture that is evil. and therefore its all relative. that’s why this doesn’t add up for you. they aren’t comparing apples to apples. THE COLOR OF YOUR SKIN means you and only you have the sins of your father to account for, even if your father wasn’t here when sins were committed and never committed any sins. YOU AND ONLY YOU have some original sin to account for and it is entirely based on the color of your skin. only people that look like you therefore get judged as harshly for these transgressions many are guilty of.

    Myiq2xu • 7 minutes ago

    A culture that glorifies violence, drugs, illiteracy and crime is evil.

    Dave Priebe • an hour ago

    Mike Jones…that is the biggest load of horse poo I’ve heard in a long time. What kind of a person are you?

    mike jones • 29 minutes ago

    the same guy who wonders how in the hell paula dean says something racist 30 years ago after a gun is waved in her face and it costs her that nice shiny career and yet someone involved in a murder trial admits racism is daily fact of life in her culture and the authorities chock it up to local dialectical differences, and you ask me what kind of person I am for pointing out the obvious answer? not all crimes are created equal anymore, dave, you damn neanderthal. it depends on who the victim is and what color the perpetrators skin is. just how thick is your skull that you a 50 year old man need this explained to you? you seriously just noticed this phenomena today? go back to sleep.

    HoldTheProfanityFool • an hour ago

    Your comment is 100% crap.

  8. myiq2xu says:
  9. myiq2xu says:

    Okay, I’m gonna try and get some sleep. Not very hopeful.

  10. Lulu says:

    One of the not to be mentioned things at the back of the mind is what was Trayvon Martin like if he could stay on the phone and text all day long for weeks with this young woman. Who could relate to the ‘tood, disorganized thinking, passive-aggressive nastiness, overt hostility and racism for hour after hour even if one is bored out of one’s skull. The jury got a close-up of one of his last and closest FRIENDS. We know she has no concept of telling the truth. We know she disregards all rules of interaction with fellow human beings. We know that she has nothing but loathing for adults (even if she is one also) and authority including Trayvon Martin’s mother. While she is disturbingly ignorant she is not dumb as evidenced by her manipulative behavior and only being concerned as to when she could get out of the courtroom to continue her vapid existence . The jury can only think that she is a female version of Trayvon Martin. Birds of a feather and all that.

  11. votermom says:

    I wonder if she would have gotten a better public school education in Haiti? What is happening to kids in Americas urban deserts is criminal.

    • lildoggy4u says:

      Welcome to third world of the Miami educational system with its smorgasbord of languages and the extreme difficulty the teachers here face with violence and hostility from so many immigrants and their cultures that are to be protected at all cost. Then they are thrown into the world and given jobs because they speak the language of the others here, not even trying to assimilate and hating/resenting the english speaking just because. These are our local gov’t employees.

  12. driguana says:

    It just really feels like this is continuing to be set up as a big racial issue that will explode regardless of the outcome….another crisis, interestingly at a time that Obama’s popularity is sinking.

    • Lulu says:

      You are probably correct. But the reaction may be different this time because the race card doesn’t really work any longer and even with the media pumping it for all it is worth, no one watches or reads the media much any more. If they can’t avoid contact with the LSM it is ignored or taken with a grain of salt. Ho-hum, a city is on fire, get the NSA to figure it out. We have been terrorized into numbness.

      • driguana says:

        Good points but I still think the “race card” works among the “racists”…it’s a “raison d’etre” for them. My guess would be that many inner-city African-Americans don’t watch very diverse media and so rely on word of mouth interpretation about what is going on. They get that from racists like Sharpton and Jackson.

        The other thing I find curious about all of this is that Zimmerman has a Peruvian mother. That makes him half-Latin, just like Obama is either half-black or half white. Where has the Latin/Hispanic community been on all of this? Notice how the lsm keeps saying that Zimmerman “identifies himself” as Hispanic….not that he really is. So if half-Latin, and I guess, therefore, half-cracker, Zimmerman gets “off” who will the Latin community side with? Very curious.

      • I think urban underclass blacks have been primed to explode if Zimmerman is acquitted. They don’t have to pay attention to MSM for that to happen. They have their own alternative news sources, and social media streams. If he’s acquitted, we’ll see a national black mob. The difference this time is that people like me are not scared of it anymore. Our attitude is, “bring it. Show yourselves so we can deal with it.” That’s what’s different.

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  14. DandyTiger says:

    Just when you thought this insane race card BS couldn’t get any worse.

  15. DandyTiger says:

    The defense I’m seeing on the left of Jeantel is racist, pure and simple.

  16. DeniseVB says:

    I blame Obama, Sharpton and Jackson making it more than just a local story…….here’s a twitter full of that:


    Speak about pouring gasoline on the fire.

  17. yttik says:

    OUR culture is really dumbing down kids and it’s not just black kids. Many kids seem to take pride in speaking poorly, in using lots of racially charged language, in giving the appearance of both stupidity and hostility.

    Not long ago on TV they had some musicians and sports icons and they actually ran a translation on the bottom of the screen so we could understand what they were saying. I was horrified. It’s not that these kids are stupid, it’s that they’re responding to OUR culture’s expectations. If you speak any form of proper English or give the impression of being smart, you will become a social outcast.

    • elliesmom says:

      If you gave the impression of being smart in 1969, you were a social outcast. Trust me, I was valedictorian of my high school class. You need to go to a class reunion and meet up with the “dumb kids” from your own class for a little refresher. Most kids graduating from high school today are just as well educated as my fellow classmates were. They still learn algebra and read Shakespeare. While some of the kids mimic the behavior you’re describing, most kids don’t. They may wear pants that show off the cracks of their behinds, but they speak English you can understand. There is a difference in the minority culture, though. In the 60’s they were still fighting to get access to a good education, and now they have it, it appears they don’t want it.

  18. elliesmom says:

    That Ms.Jeantal at 19 cannot read cursive is a sign of failure. But it’s her failure. The school system expected her to learn. Her teachers expected her to learn. For some of them, their jobs depended on it. Even if “her culture” didn’t expect her to learn, she was still free to set her own expectations for herself, and some people from “her culture” do. The old adage “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink” has been around for a long time because it’s true. But only the most stupid of horses will die of thirst standing next to a pond. When a whole herd of horses is standing next to the pond, refusing to drink, it only takes one or two sticking their heads in the water for the herd to follow.

    The decision to get up every morning and go to school or work , unless we’re being physically prevented from doing so, and to use that opportunity to better ourselves is almost entirely our own. There are kids who work 40 hour a week jobs to support themselves and maybe a family and, while they may struggle sometimes to stay awake, still manage to succeed in school. Others who have no responsibilities at all and have no learning disabilities to blame it on can’t manage to graduate. It’s all about expectations. What we expect of ourselves can be influenced by what others expect of us, but ultimately what delineates us is our expectations for ourselves. We can say that Ms.Jeantal is a shining example of the failure of our educational system, but Florida has high curriculum standards, has standards all of their teachers must meet, and graduates thousands and thousands of competent students every year. These students must demonstrate their competence on a major standardized test so there is accountability. Don’t be fooled into believing Ms.Jeantal is the “norm” because she’s not. And I don’t feel the least bit sorry for her – nor do I, as a public school teacher, take responsibility for her failure.

    • Mary says:


    • Lulu says:

      You are right. I don’t accept the failure either and I pay for it as a taxpayer. It is collective blaming for the failure of a PART of a culture. I did not make some kids fail, they did it on their own. I was required by law to pay for it. All of us were who pay school taxes or however our schools are financed. If you are given the opportunity to learn and do not take it, it is your problem not mine. Some schools are bad but some students still manage to learn. Why can some learn and others cannot in the same room? I have heard excuses until I am not interested any longer. Why are we required to beg for children to do what they are asked to do through the ages? Learn. Remember when we could not wait to grow up and have autonomy over our own lives and to be smart, knowledgeable and accomplished? Now they are being excused for being infants forever to be used, abused, and led by the nose.

    • yttik says:

      I think it’s far too complicated to only blame on Ms Jeantal or the public school system, but the problem started a few decades ago when we began picking on nerds and disparaging high achievers. It has progressed to the point today where we literally reward failure. It’s moved all the way to the top of our political system, where those who get the attention, the approval, are the down and out. The rest of us are punished for our success, with higher taxes, with accusations of racism, with constant shaming.

      Last year I worked with a group of highly capable middle school kids. What was sad was that they all considered themselves disabled. It’s a real handicap to be smart in our culture. Everyone, from your peers to the president, is going to make you feel bad about yourself.

      • myiq2xu says:

        “Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they’re yours.”

      • elliesmom says:

        Picking on “nerds” isn’t a new phenomenon. “Bookish” has never been a compliment. Labeling kids, however, is a highly lucrative business that is just getting started.

        • yttik says:

          Things have gotten far worse, elliesmom, and for the black community, there is now huge pressure to fail. If you succeed, like Dr Ben Carson or Justice Clarence Thomas, you are not only a racist republican uncle Tom, you have betrayed your entire culture and the media will do everything it can to make you a laughing stock for it.

          I’ve heard many kids say that they would put in some effort, but they fear losing all their friends, family, community, culture. Look at the tone of these articles, it’s all about Rachel’s “culture.” Hidden behind those very racist words is the implied threat that if Rachel shows any intelligence at all, she’s betrayed her entire culture and turned her back on her roots. It’s not soft bigotry at all, it’s very harsh.

        • wmcb says:

          HONK! And cutting insight. Yes. Not only is the prog community not holding these kids accountable, they are perversely holding accountable those blacks who escape that destructive culture as having done something wrong. They get MAD at blacks who destroy the “poor dumb black” narrative (unless they are useful, like Toure.)

          I’m not sure they are thinking this through. Because if they want to stand up and continually proclaim “Stupidity, violence, and illiteracy is OUR CULTURE” then they are pretty much agreeing with every KKK racist who ever lived. Um, why would you want to do that? Because every racist in the country can then say, “Yeah, we knew that, dummies. We’ve said that all along.”

          These morons are going to start a damn race war. And I don’t say that because I want it to happen (I most certainly don’t), I say that because I am observant of history and human nature.

        • elliesmom says:

          I’m not disagreeing with you, yttik, on “the black culture”. But blacks are only 13% of the population, so the problem isn’t all kids. It isn’t even all black kids. “Clarence Thomas”, “Ben Carson” and “Thomas Sowell” clones exist today. And lot of “Condi Rices”. This isn’t a total failure of our public school systems. Did I have really bright kids to teach who deliberately held back because they didn’t want to be ostracized for being smart? Some. And it was sad. But the solution to that doesn’t lie in better teachers. More black teachers doesn’t even make much of a difference. I’m with Bill Cosby on this one. The solution lies within the black community. With parents and grandparents. And their community leaders. But as long as Sharpton, Jackson, and Wright are hogging the mic, this isn’t a problem our schools can solve. And we have to stop beating our schools up over it.

        • myiq2xu says:

          Bill Cosby caught a lot of hell for that speech.

        • votermom says:

          Thanks elliesmom, your insights make me feel a lot better.

          And btw, speaking of parents, a big “you go girls” to all the immigrant asian “tiger moms” who make sure their kids value education no matter what.

        • Jadzia says:

          AMEN, votermom. Would you believe my ex-husband took our son to California Adventure TWO DAYS before final exams this year? Want to guess that son’s math grade? The denigration of education is not just a problem in A-A culture, sadly.

          • myiq2xu says:

            I never study for finals. Or the bar exam. I spent the two weeks before the bar exam getting drunk and swimming.

            You either know it or you don’t. Cramming for tests is a waste of time.

    • Spot on comment, but it’s worth noting that one of the defenses from Tweeters and Facebookers I’ve seen of Jeantel is that schools “stopped teaching my kids cursive years ago.” I know in Indiana they stopped teaching it about 5 years ago. I assume that’s likely a late development compared to many coastal communities, as their practices tend to bleed into the heartland. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that she got little, if any, exposure to it. IMNSHO, eliminating the teaching of cursive is a sign of the lazy labor class giving up on one of the important aspects of education.

      Here’s an interesting article on why eliminating the teaching of cursive is a bad idea: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/memory-medic/201303/what-learning-cursive-does-your-brain

      • elliesmom says:

        You have to do the writing sample on our middle school state exams in cursive unless you have a documented physical disability. It can be a challenge to read some of them, but the kids do it. It’s still part of the Florida curriculum standards. Kids are taught cursive in 3rd grade and are supposed to have mastered it by grade 5. But it’s never tested. If you have a class of kids struggling with something that is tested, it’s easy to de-emphasize what isn’t. But I bet Ms. Jeantal can keyboard.

        • Jadzia says:

          Or thumb-text. Sob.

        • cindy-in-tx says:

          In my kids’ school district they teach cursive in 3rd grade, and then never re-visit it or make them write in it. In fact, my kids tell me it’s not allowed. I’m going to make them start practicing it this summer just so they can know it. They can read it because they learn D’Nealian Manuscript print, which is curvy like cursive.

          When I was a girl, we learned cursive in 3rd grade and from that point were not allowed to write in print or pencil except for math. We were also graded on spelling and grammar in all subjects, not just language arts or writing classes.

          We didn’t have state-wide mandatory testing, just weekly tests and final exams that counted toward our grade in that subject.

  19. Just a fly by this morning catching up on what is going on in the world. No TV out here and I can not bring myself to waster precious time reading the lame stream.
    Thanks for keeping me apprised of the “real” world!

  20. myiq2xu says:

    Watching the GZ trial. The state’s witness is testifying 100% for defense on direct by prosecution.

    • yttik says:

      It’s kind of scary to think about what’s going to happen if he gets off. The public has been all riled up over this case, even led to feel outraged by the President himself. The media is just fueling the fire. I can’t see any good outcome.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I think he’ll be guilty of something, just enough to lock him up for a few more months, let the racists cool off, then quietly release him. He should have never gotten out of his car after the dispatcher told him to sit-stay. That’s the best case scenario I can think of.

        • elliesmom says:

          Why are “news outlets” like the Huffington Post referring to these court proceedings as “The Trayvon Martin Trial”? Martin isn’t on trial. Zimmerman is. I wonder how many “low information voters” would recognize they were supposed to be all wee-wee’d up if the headlines were “Zimmerman on Trial” instead?

        • lyn says:


        • He was already out of the car when the dispatcher directed him not to follow.

  21. wmcb says:

    I’m just sick of this shit from the black community (and their white prog cheerleaders).

    On the one hand (when it’s to their advantage): “This is my culture! This is who we are!”

    On the other hand (when people take them at their word) “How DARE you assume this is my culture, that this is who we are!”

    Which is it? Because I’m tired of this game. Either black people are no different, or they are markedly different. Either they are a slightly-less-able class of persons who need to be protected and coddled, or they are the same as anyone, and have to meet the same standards for civilized behavior.

    WHICH IS IT? Make up your fucking mind.

    • wmcb says:

      Oh, and you know who gets hurt the most by this swinging back and forth between making excuses for thug culture, and then denying that thug culture is rampant? The kids growing up in that thug culture, that’s who. They are the fucking political pawns here. THEY are the ones being harmed by society refusing to stand up and say “Yes you can. And not only can you, but we expect you to do so.”

  22. myiq2xu says:
  23. myiq2xu says:

    My itinerary for the day just got shorter:

  24. leslie says:

    I’ve been trying to listen to the trial, and they are using the term “MMA”. Could someone please tell me what “MMA” means?

  25. leslie says:

    I noticed that at least one of the death threats on twitter has been deleted. this one was directed at a specific person on twitter.

  26. HELENK says:

    when I was working , the company hired from the Jobs Corp. A good idea to help young minorities get jobs.. The only problem was they had no idea of the working world.
    I had one girl come to me and ask how she could come to work in my dept. while she is wearing a shirt saying ” if you do not like my attitude, f–k you” do I look like I needed the headaches she would bring to my dept? I talked to one of the black ladies I worked with and had her talk to the girl about dressing for work. this way race would not be involved. Another one of the hires when put up in a hotel due to weather rented porn films and charged them to the company. the you owe me because I am black was a real pain in the a$$ to deal with. sometimes the cry of prejudice is real, but a lot of times bad behavior and attitude brings it on

  27. HELENK says:

    got this from a commenter at Rev Amy’s place


    information on Trevon Martin

  28. angienc says:

    Obviously a system that expects a witness to give consistent, reliable testimony when face to face with the accussed in a courtroom setting (it’s entire design to awe/intimidate witnesses into being truthful) is racist. Don’t snicker — that’s the bedrock premise of social justice theory, which the writer o the linked piece lays out. Of course the “white Hispanic” murdered in cold blood (legal conclusions) the black guy & the white court system is designed to ensure he gets away with it. Bunch of bullshit bit Dee Dee and the rest of the moron horde will certainly buy into it — it’s better than having to take personal responsibility for their own actions and choices.
    Oh, and FTR, the authors knee jerk reaction to defend Dee Dee’s shoddy performance by blaming the white man’s court system blinded her to the fact that the defense didn’t tear Dee Dee apart on the stand as a lying liar who lies but instead made the case that the prosecution manipulated her testimony.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Courts take testimony from poor people, foreigners, and children every day. The witnesses are expected to do one thing – tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

      White juries listen to young black women testify and find defendants guilty all the time. Black juries do too.

  29. Anthony says:

    Looking on the bright side, Ms. Jeantel’s view of what is racist and what isn’t will do what our dear leader and his minions have been clamoring for since day one: an open conversation about race relations. I for one look forward to participating.

    It is NOT ok for one ethnicity to insult another, and if a word is “forbidden”, then it should be forbidden for everyone; not just those with a different skin color than the people who claim to be offended by it.

    Teachable moment? National conversation? Bring it!

    • myiq2xu says:

      Looking on the bright side, Ms. Jeantel’s view of what is racist and what isn’t will do what our dear leader and his minions have been clamoring for since day one: an open conversation about race relations.

      Hahahahahaha! Her comments will go right down the memory hole.

  30. Constance says:

    “A predominantly white jury is not going to like Rachel Jeantel. Let’s just be real here.”

    This is really racist and I resent it. I am white and I feel sad for Rachel. I also think she did her best and clearly went out of her way to dress up for the day. And I have some questions for whom ever runs the public school she attended.

    I am sick of Liberal/progressive racial passion plays. Paula Deen and George Zimmerman are two of the most recent liberal media fabrications. They need to declare racisim/victimization a religion and confine their drama to their own temple or church. The USA government is not their church.

    • votermom says:

      “A predominantly white jury is not going to like Rachel Jeantel. Let’s just be real here.”

      I predict that a jury of any color is not going to like Ms. Jeantel.
      That girl’s got problems no skin color change is gonna fix.
      Just keepin it real.

  31. myiq2xu says:
    • DandyTiger says:

      Wow, that guy has no marbles to lose even. Seriously, Trayvon being on top (beating the snot out) of George is not relevant?

      • DandyTiger says:

        Also, though it’s not necessarily relevant who started the fight, why does he assume George started it?

        • angienc says:

          Because he doesn’t know the difference between evidence and legal conclusions.

          Just like he doesn’t know the difference between what is a racial slur (“cracker”) and what isn’t (“Obama isn’t working” — yes, he actually published a long article during the election that that Romney slogan was racist).

    • wmcb says:

      Following someone is not assault, i.e. it’s not “starting a fight”. If Zimmerman had jumped/assaulted Martin, there would be marks on Martin. There are none. Zero zip nada, other than the bullet wound.

      The most likely scenario from the evidence I’ve seen is that Martin was creeped out by George following him. Whether or not that was a rational or irrational fear is irrelevant: Martin is not on trial. He ducked around the corner and hid and waited, determined to jump this guy if he kept following him. Again, this may have been an ENTIRELY sincerely felt fear on Martin’s part. I might get wiggy if some dude was following me as well. At the time he ducked around the corner, his house was 400 yds away. He could have run home. It appears he didn’t. It appears he waited. The timeline seems to indicate he waited.

      George came around the corner after getting off phone with dispatch, looking to see where Martin went. Martin jumped out and started the confrontation. Once George was on the ground getting pounded, he feared for his life and shot.

      You can understand many scenarios of how this might have happened without resorting to calling either participant a horrible person with evil motive. I think Martin was genuinely scared, and felt embarrassed to run away, so decided to be tough guy, and bit off more than he could chew.

      • myiq2xu says:

        It is possible for two people to both reasonably believe that they are in grave bodily danger from the other and both use deadly force in self defense.

        The issue is not what Trayvon thought. The issue is whether GZ was reasonable in using deadly force.

  32. soupcity says:

    Great take on the globalgrind post and very insightful comments. Thanks!

  33. SHV says:

    Interesting that NBC and CNN “news” web sites have minimal/no Zimmerman trial coverage. My local weekly Obot newpaper that ran “Trayvon” stories for weeks, has not mentioned the trial.

    After the dust clears from this mess, I wonder if there will be any “Mike Nilfong” type consequences?

  34. mcnorman says:

    Reblogged this on Mcnorman's Weblog and commented:
    Sad. Thanks to Barry and co who have taken race relations backward.

  35. votermom says:

    Got 2 lefty “you lie” tweets right after I tweeted this

    Sarah is living rent-free in their heads

    • piper says:

      If the ACA had happened under Boooooosh, the lefties would be screaming blue murder and threatening court action until overturned. Now the lefties will have to experience the cost and care before they’ll grudgingly admit that obamacare is bad, bad.

  36. John Denney says:

    “someone from the hood who has no media training”

    Being able to speak standard American English and string a few thoughts together in a logical progression is media training?

    “and who is fully entrenched in a hostile environment.”

    The hostilities she endures is not from whites.

    “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.” – The Apostle Paul to the Galatians (5:13ff)

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