Why Crackers don’t understand Rachel Jeantel

Why Crackers don’t understand Rachel Jeantel

Rachel Jeantel: “Creepy Ass Cracker”

By Albert N. Milliron

Following the Rachel Jeantel testimony in the George Zimmerman murder trial, several writers and commentators tried to explain to us white privileged Americans the reasons we don’t understand Rachel.  The basic conclusion, is that we can’t understand her simply because we are not black.

rachel-jeantelWe were told that the Term “Cracker” and “Nigga” are not racial terms but instead terms of endearment.  White folks should accept being called, “cracker” with pride as in Florida, Cracker means something totally different. We further we instructed that Black folk don’t call law enforcement in fear of being murdered by those who were to protect them.

Additionally, we are  were told that Jeantels’ reaction to the defense lawyer would be understood if we understood black culture better.

But here is the thing, I live in a mixed neighborhood in Columbia, SC.  Just to help you in the north who think the south is still segregated, let me scan around my desk to each family in my “hood”.  Next door on my left is a mixed race couple (black and white), across the street is an Asian family, next to them lives a Latino family, next to them is a single black women who is a deputy sheriff, and my other neighbor is a single white man.

We all seem to have little problem communicating around here, I have never come across anyone here calling each other “Nigga” and I have never been referred to as “Cracker.”  (at least to my face) Crime is much lower then in most sections of the city.

So I guess I don’t understand, being white and all.

I have included two articles that seek to set us “Crackers” straight.  Basically they are saying that our issues with Miss Rachel Jeantel is really our hidden coded racism and just a big misunderstanding of her demeanor.    We are told, we need an African-American to explain it to us.  So here are two articles that should enlighten you…. Then you shall understand!

Why Black People Understand Rachel Jeantel by Christina Coleman

If ever I thought myself objective and unbiased, the George Zimmerman trial is definitely not that moment.

So let’s cut to the chase. Any attorney, jury member, judge or white person in that courtroom is not going to understand Rachel Jeantel. And I don’t expect them to.

In fact, I certainly, like my fellow writer Rachel Samara, understand why white people wouldn’t like Rachel.

She’s hard. She’s black. And your assumptions about her background and lack of education make you feel like you are better, somehow. That her testimony, no matter how powerful and impactful it may be to this trial, is implausible. Weak, maybe? Let’s impeach her.

But maybe the reason white people don’t understand Rachel Jeantel has something more to do with white privilege then, what they would call, Rachel’s capricious nature.

Let’s for one second try to understand why Rachel is “angry” (read emotional), “hood” (read blunt), and “unintelligent” (read multilingual).

The thing is, what white people see in Rachel has little to do about her own issues, and more to say about the America that white people are blind to. Let’s take her testimony on not calling the police, for example.

Rachel told defense attorney Don West that she didn’t call the police after she heard the scuffle between Trayvon Martin and the man that was following him for numerous reasons. First, she believed that he was right near his “daddy’s house,” and that Tracy would help him. She also was under the impression that, if it were a life or death situation, someone would certainly come to his aid. But as West continued his questioning, riddled with nuances to throw Rachel off track, the glaring subtext of this all became clear.

Don West doesn’t understand why Rachel didn’t call the police when she heard a struggle. Rachel, who is a black woman, doesn’t call the police. Why? Black people and police officers don’t mix.

Read more: Global Grind.

What White People Don’t Understand About Rachel Jeantel By Rachel Samara

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.

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.

Read more:  Global Grind.

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