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|Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 3:54 pm Post subject: Re: Current events: Trayvon Martin trial
|daphnee wrote: |
|Are you guys following the trial?!?
If you are, I'd like to hear your thoughts on what was "supposed" to be the star witness for the prosecution, Rachel Jeantel.
Here are some of the commentary I heard to describe her, "she's of Haitian descent, English was not her first language, she grew up speaking Creole and Spanish?!?, she's a product of broken educational system, she's illiterate."
Now this commentary was made about her due to her performance on the witness stand. Now here's a question to you fine Haitian Americans or descendants of Haitians on this fine board, are you offended by the commentary made by some?
Does English not being her first language, her living in an urban neighborhood or having lack of access to a decent education explain her venacular, demeanor, or lack thereof?!?
Looking forward to reading your thoughts.
Frankly, i have not been following these latest developments. With the media turning everything into a politicized circus show, these stories are often riddled with all sort of adulterants, in turn the unadulterated truth is almost certainly masqueraded by political correctness or hyper-partisanship. In other words, i have been distancing myself from the "mainstream media".
However, with respect to Rachel Jeantel, i do believe that someone's vernacular, demeanor, and everything in between are in part police by their immediate environment, of course there are exceptions to every rule.
But, needless to say, the media's always peddling an agenda. Both the liberal and the conservative media see this story from their own distinct social-political and biased prism. For example, one side of the mainstream media--mostly the right--might allude to her unlettered urban vernacular and lack of english proficiency as a mean to commence some type of character assassination, thus, making the subtle point that, just like Trayvon Martin, these black folks are not as cultured and educated as the rest of America, so put little stock in what she has to say. This is a classic Ad Hominem attack which points out the flaws in a person's character in order to undermine their argument. Conversely, the liberal media might celebrate this woman's courage to step forward despite her limited vocabulary.
But i have to admit once again that i have not been following this closely. Therefore, pls forgive me if my analysis was built on a flawed premise. I will definitely follow this trial more closely now...
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