Trayvon Martin's friend and key witness to George Zimmerman's trial Rachel Jeantel has much to smile about (Source: Reuters)
In the early goings of the George Zimmerman trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin, a key witness stuck out among many in the social media sphere. The witness, Rachel Jeantel, was the last person Martin spoke to on the phone before the attack that led to his murder. While Ms. Jeantel provided valuable information, saying that she heard Martin say "get off, get off" before the call cut out, the gossiping tongues of those watching CNN merely mocked her in somewhat racist, condescendingly elitist ways. Jeantel's speech, demeanor, even her dress were judged poorly in the eyes of those watching the Zimmerman trial. Many suspected she barely could read or get a high school degree.
In the unfortunate aftermath of Zimmerman's acquittal, at least one ray of decency has shown out of this mess: Radio host Tom Joyner, after seeing Rachel Jeantel's appearance on the Piers Morgan Show, was greatly impacted by her. This morning, he had her call on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where he showed his appreciation in the greatest way possible. Joyner offered Jeantel a full college scholarship to any historically black college or university (HBCU) in the country, including ones in Florida like Florida A&M Univerisity, Edward Waters College, and Florida Memorial University. In addition, to show that he was serious, Joyner would aid Jeantel in getting into college, including high school tutors and SAT preparation.
Rachel Jeantel was shocked at the news, but was grateful and thankful at the offer. She later mentioned on the show that she was considering law enforcement as a career, but did not like having to deal with bodies or funerals. The Tom Joyner Morning Show later reiterated their support, with co-host Sybil Wilkes saying that "Everybody is supporting you, Rachel, and really want you to know that they are wanting the best for you." While troubles remain in all that has transpired in the death of Trayvon Martin, at the very least some good is coming out of it.