Rachel Jeantel, the Florida teen who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin in the moments before he was shot and killed, testified for a second day in the George Zimmerman trial. Over the last few days, many people have taken to social media to make jokes about Rachel’s demeanor and unique appearance.
For those of you who don’t know, Zimmerman is facing charges of second degree murder after the fatal confrontation with 17-year-old Treyvon Martin in February of 2012.
Writing for Russell Simmons’ Global Grind, Rachel Samara described Jeantel as “raw, emotional, aggressive and hostile,” and made the assumption that the predominantly white jury would not “understand” the teen’s demeanor:
They won’t understand her, especially not her defensive nature, and this will unfortunately work against her. Even though it shouldn’t.
Olympian Lolo Jones, known mostly for her off-the-field controversies and athletic inconsistency, brought the wrath of many twitter users when she compared Jeantel to the Tyler Perry character “Madea” tweeting:
After she tweeted that, all hell broke loose on Twitter. If you look at Lolo Jones’ mentions, they’re completely destroyed — full of people expressing their anger and outrage.
Do you think she was out of line?
via Huffington Post