Look! A Goose! (And Other Meaningless Distractions…)

Ok, so Rachel Jeantel is probably functionally illiterate.  I don’t have an inside voice.  We all have faults.

Let’s not get distracted from the issue at hand.  Somebody shot that black boy in a cold, hard murder and whether this girl is ignorant or not…her friend is dead.

Pointing out this girl’s social shortcomings is not fodder for shits and giggles.  There is real danger here.  Her humanity is at stake, her value as a human being.  If we can let her be profiled into this stereotypical hoodrat, we will be distracted while the defense subversively dehumanizes her…and eventually dehumanizes Trayvon.

Quiet as it’s kept, the defense loves this.  This witness gets marginalized; she’s just like the rest of the uneducated black chattel.  And Trayvon was her friend.

We watch while this girl is torn apart and by her own people.  Stop playing.  We know who she is.  She’s our daughter, our sister, our cousin…for whatever reason, she didn’t turn out the same way we did but she is no less family.  And, lest we forget, Trayvon was her friend.

That girl has been traumatized in a way I can’t imagine.  I think of all of my black male friends and family.  I know they are hunted daily by a predatory society that seeks to kill and destroy them.  God forbid, I would be a witness to the day, the moment when one of them was overcome.  Which one of their murders should get smaller than my shortcomings when I step on the world stage to tell his story?

Remembering Trayvon means remembering TRAYVON.

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7 thoughts on “Look! A Goose! (And Other Meaningless Distractions…)

  1. True…..yup…..for real…..SMH – exactly….sigh…….unfortunately the reality of living in a world of reality tv is that we have become a society hell bent on breaking each other so that others can be accessories after the fact as voyeurs. The immediate response to her was so visceral that it can only mean that society might actually be way past redemption. The overarching and immensely more troubling issue is that she & Trayvon are demonstrative examples of how we have failed each other and our future. We tend to forget that Trayvon happened to be a pretty decent kid BUT there are millions of kids who look & dress just like him that are a menace to society.

    • I’m not yet willing to give up the ghost on redemption but I sooooo agree that we are failing these children. Can’t keep ’em fed, educated and safe. Can’t or won’t, I don’t know. But know it’s hard to be a kid today…particularly if you like Skittles.

  2. I agree with you – and have said this to a few friends in conversation. She is who she is – a poor, uneducated, disenfranchised Southern Black woman. In the year since her friend Trayvon was murdered, the circumstances of her life didn’t suddenly change so that miraculously she could take the witness stand and be poised, educated and able to adequately defend herself against the attacks of a crafty, manipulative defense team – and the glaring spotlight of international media attention. Cut her some slack. This is her “15 minutes of fame” – whether she wants it or not, whether she is prepared for it or not. We, as a community, should rally around her and support her – not demean her because of her circumstances. Just my opinion.

  3. I agree with you – and have said this to a few friends in conversation. She is who she is – a poor, uneducated, disenfranchised Southern Black woman. In the year since her friend Trayvon was murdered, the circumstances of her life didn’t suddenly change so that miraculously she could take the witness stand and be poised, educated and able to adequately defend herself against the attacks of a crafty, manipulative defense team – and the glaring spotlight of international media attention. Cut her some slack. This is her “15 minutes of fame” – whether she wants it or not, whether she is prepared for it or not. We, as a community, should rally around her and support her – not demean her because of her circumstances. Just my opinion.

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